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Do you have a plan for you and your pets if you needed to evacuate your home? Fires, floods, and earthquakes can strike at anytime, anywhere and very few people have developed an emergency plan for themselves or pets.

1. If you evacuate, take your animals with you-If it isn't safe for you to stay, it isn't safe for them. Make sure you have collars, harnesses, leashes and/or carriers readily accessible.

2. Find a safe place to go-Keep a list of animal friendly motels or boarding kennels in case of a personal emergency. In the case of a widespread natural disaster, some emergency shelters may allow for pets or have a separate facility for animals. Keep proof of vaccinations and pertinent medical records available.

3. Identify your pet-Make sure your pet has a collar with identifying tags and contact phone numbers. It is also a good idea to have your pet microchipped and be sure the contact information is current. Also have a current photo of you with your pet to prove ownership if necessary.

4. Have supplies-Whether you evacuate or shelter in place, have an emergency kit ready to go. Pack food, water and medications that will last at least 3 days but having up to 2 weeks worth of supplies is recommended. A first aid kit with supplies for both humans and animals is a good idea. Don't forget bowls, crates, litter boxes and cleaning supplies if needed.

Don't hope. Plan.

Wilsonville Veterinary Clinic

9275 S.W. Barber St, Wilsonville, OR 97070

(503) 682-3737

www.wilsonvilleveterinaryclinic.com

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