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September 28, 2011

Disaster Preparedness Quiz

Find out if you're ready!

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Imagine a scenario where that a police officer knocks at your door. A hurricane is quickly approaching, and you have 45 minutes to evacuate.

If you have pets

  • Can you gather all your pets and put them into pet carriers in time? Do you have carriers for all your pets?
  • Are all your pets wearing collars and ID tags with their name, your name, your telephone number, and an emergency telephone number?
  • If your cat escapes the cat carrier and becomes lost, could you provide a photograph?
  • Do you know where you can go with your pets in the event of an emergency evacuation? Do you know of any animal-friendly motels nearby? Do you know where your local emergency animal shelter is located?
  • Do you have your veterinarian's telephone number on your list of emergency numbers in case your dog or cat becomes ill?
  • Do you have a contingency plan to evacuate your pets if something happens when you are at work? Where is your pet's disaster evacuation emergency "go kit"?

      If you have horses

    • Can you have your horses loaded on the trailer ready to leave in time? Will your horse trailer hold all your horses? Have you recently practiced trailering up your horse? 
    • Is your horse wearing a halter with her name, your name, your telephone number, and an emergency telephone number on it?
    • Do you know where you can go with your horses in the event of an emergency evacuation? Do you know where your local emergency equine shelter is located?
    • Do you have your horses' Coggins tests in your emergency packet to present to the officer at the emergency shelter?When you arrive at the emergency shelter to pick up your horse after several days, could you provide identification photos and descriptions from your emergency packet to prove ownership?

        If you have farm animals

      • Can you evacuate your animals in time? Do you have a way to transport your animals?
      • Have you mapped out an evacuation route?
      • Do you have a safe place to shelter your animals on your property if you cannot evacuate them?
      • Do you have materials on hand to reinforce your barn and outbuildings?
      • Do you have a backup plan for feeding and watering your animals should your power supply be cut off?


          If you answered "no" to any of these questions, we can help you. Check out our planning tips.

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