Animal Rescue Plans
An animal rescue plan saves more than pets. It saves people. Why? Most people see their pets as family. People who feel that way have a tendency to put themselves into grave personal danger to save their companions. So, why not reduce risk for both human and animal by planning ahead?
Contingency planning is nothing more than playing the “What if?” game. It begins with assessing risk, considering options, and then gathering supplies, making arrangements in advance, and distilling essential actions down to a simple checklist. The good news is that once we start planning for one disaster, we soon realize that our immediate actions would be much the same for all disasters. For example, whether we have to evacuate because of flood, fire, or industrial accident makes little difference for our animals or the supplies we need.
What to Plan For
What happens when calamities strike? Consider common disasters such as:
– Contamination of food and water sources
– Loss of heat and power
– Structural damage
– Mandatory evacuation.
Thinking through such contingencies prepares us for handling them. This compresses reaction time and helps keep our animals and us away from related hazards. Consider:
Things to Get in Advance
Things to Pre-Arrange
Nothing beats staging a dry run. It shows what works and what needs fine-tuning. In a major disaster, there is no time to spare, so our plan must keep us from wasting time looking for things or guessing what to do next.
Disasters may be inevitable, but with planning, tragedies don’t necessarily have to follow for our pets.