Group Offers Pet Disaster Preparedness Guide

Association of Professional Pet Sitters helps dog owners prepare for disasters.

Posted: August 6, 2008, 5 a.m. EDT

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With hurricane season affecting many parts of the country, pet owners should take some time to make emergency plans for themselves and their pets. To help guide pet owners to cover all contingencies in case of a natural or man-made disaster, the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS) has put together a Disaster Preparedness Guide, available at the group’s website.

Developed by NAPPS’ disaster preparedness committee, the plan is designed to help professional pet sitters and pet owners develop personalized disaster plans for their businesses and homes. Types of disasters covered in the plan include tornadoes, thunderstorms, hurricanes, floods, winter storms, extreme heat, wildfires, earthquakes, tsunamis, and even volcanoes.

In addition to helping pet sitters develop plans that consider the welfare of their customers’ pets, the guide provides information pet sitters can share with their clients. It also includes pet identification forms, checklists for disaster supply kits, and special recommendations for birds, reptiles, and other small animals.

“As an association dedicated to protecting the welfare of all animals, we are confident that this guide may mean the difference in preventing the suffering many pets, pet sitters and pet owners might otherwise experience,” said Jerry Wentz, former president of NAPPS. “We encourage every pet sitter to use this guide to develop personal emergency response plans, and encourage their clients to have readily accessible kits with provisions for families and pets.”

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Jeri Marie   El Paso, TX

1/27/2010 11:14:11 AM

My name is Jeri Marie Hallberg. I am an outreach specialist in disaster preparedness public education for the American Red Cross and for
AmeriCorps.
I recently have been researching information about pet disaster preparedness so I may distribute that information to the public.

Additionally I read at the Local Lighthouse for the blind and am interested in special considerations regarding guide or lead dog disaster preparedness. Is it more specialized, is it different/ If anyone has, pun intended Bona Fide information which we my share with the public, Please let me know. I can be reached at
Hallbergj@usa.redcross.org

or at jeri.medical@hotmail.com.

Thank You for the organizations that have submitted material.

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d   d, HI

8/6/2008 10:40:19 PM

Good idea!

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Julie   Richmond, VA

8/6/2008 8:30:24 PM

Awesome! It's about time!

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Anna   Maple Grove, MN

8/6/2008 2:49:45 PM

That's a great idea.

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