AVMA Releases Disaster Preparedness Video

PetMD Editorial
March 22, 2011
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The tsunami crisis in Japan was quite a wake-up call for everyone, including pet owners. No matter where one lives, no one is immune from a potential natural or man-made disaster. Tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, blizzards, and even terrorists, can strike with little or no advance warning -- do you have an emergency plan for your pets?

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) recently released a video on the importance of developing such a plan.

"Taking care of pets can be one of the most rewarding jobs of everyday life, but many of us are completely unprepared to protect our animals in the event of a disaster like an earthquake, wildfire, tsunami or flooding," explains Dr. Heather Case, the AVMA's disaster response expert, in the video. "Recent events remind us just how desperate disaster situations can be. It's not difficult to put together an effective disaster plan and kit that will help you to protect your pets and livestock, so I encourage everyone to do it. It's too late once disaster hits."

In the short video, which is embedded below, Dr. Case details how to prepare a disaster kit with information and supplies that will allow you to evacuate safely with your animals.

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