KM4NMP Safety Corner Disaster Planning pt.3

Many of us are parents and pet owners. When you are making your plans, make sure you account for there special needs. A disaster is enough stress you shouldn’t have to worry about diapers and pet food.

If your child is not potty trained, diapers are very important. In general, I like to keep at least a case; and, during hurricane season, have 2. Do not stock to many though, just incase your child grows in to the next size.

Regardless of whether your child is in diapers or not, get several packs of baby wipes. These are not just for your children. They are great for wiping things down and cleaning up.

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Have plenty of food for you children and pets. Keep plenty of formula for infants and snacks for toddlers. There are a ton of options for non perishable kids snacks. Many of them taste pretty good. For your pets have an extra bag of food and there favorite treat. Periodically replace food so it stays fresh and does not go bad.

Entertainment is often forgotten about when planning for an emergency. A simple little toy can make a big difference. In a disaster, you can spend hours in traffic and possibly days, if not longer, in shelters. Something to occupy your child’s mind will benefit you greatly. Don’t forget your pet’s toy. They are stressed to, and having something familiar can help calm them.

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If you have a pet, it is very important if you have to evacuate to know were pet friendly shelters are. Not all shelters will accept pets and many exotic pets are not accepted at pet friendly shelters. Make sure your animal is up to date on there shots and that you have records. Most shelters require this before they can allow your pet in.

Children and pets can complicate things; but, with a little preparation, you can make it through an emergency. See you next week and stay safe!!

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