March is Disaster Preparedness Month and the worst night of tornadoes in Kentucky in recent years happened on April 4, 1974. Since April 4 is just around the corner, it is important to plan for various emergencies like fire, flood, tornado or earthquake. Have you included your pets in your planning?
Here are some things you can do now before an emergency occurs. First, locate a shelter for your pet. This can be a boarding kennel, a veterinarian or even a friend in the next county who is willing to care for your pets for a short period. Why in the next county, you ask? In case of a tornado, it is unlikely that both counties would be struck.
Once you have approved the shelter, make arrangements to leave your animals there for one hour the first day. The next day try three hours if possible. If all goes well, plan an all day excursion for yourself and leave the pets for that period. This will familiarize the animals and help them adjust if the need arises.