Make advanced preparations to ensure the safety of your pets:
1. FOOD: Keep at least two weeks of food in an airtight, waterproof container. Dry food has a shelf life, so rotate periodically.
2. WATER: Store at least two weeks of water specifically for your pets in addition to water you need for yourself and family.
3. MEDICINE: Keep an extra supply of medicines your pet takes on a regular basis in a waterproof container.
4. FIRST AID KIT: Talk to your veterinarian about what is most appropriate for your pet's emergency medical needs.
5. COLLAR with ID TAG, HARNESS or LEASH: Your pet should wear a collar with its identification at all times. Permanent methods of identification like microchips or tattooing should be used.
6. CRATE/PET CARRIER: If you need to evacuate in an emergency situation, take your pets and animals with you - provided it is practical to do so. In many cases, your ability to do so will be aided by having a sturdy, safe, comfortable crate or carrier ready for transporting your pet. The carrier should be large enough for your pet to stand, turn around and lie down. Help your dog get accustomed to the crate by using it from time to time. Don't wait until emotions and stress are high due to an emergency situation to introduce your pet to the carrier or crate.
7. FAMILIAR ITEMS: Put favorite toys, treats, or bedding in your kit. Familiar items can help reduce stress for your pet.
For further information, go to the Maui Humane Society website at www.mauihumanesociety.org.