May 112016

Pet Disaster Prepardness Day #PetPrepared

This post is sponsored by Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love® Initiative and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network.  The Island Cats are being compensated for helping promote National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day, but we only share information we feel is relevant to our readers.  Hill’s® Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.

Disasters Can Strike…Anytime…Anywhere

Hey…Wally here.  Y’know what scares me?  If something bad happened…like if a disaster struck…and I somehow got separated from the mom and dad-guy.  I don’t know what I would do!  The one predictable thing about disasters is that they’re unpredictable…you never know when one may hit.  That’s why it’s so important to be prepared…’specially if you have pets.  Even the most prepared pet parents can lose their pets in a disaster…so you need to have a plan in place for your pets in case one ever strikes.

We’re fortunate that here on our island in the midwest, there aren’t a lot of natural disasters that can happen.  Probably the one we worry about most is a tornado.  A couple of years ago, a small area on our island was hit by a tornado.  Luckily, our house wasn’t affected, and the damage from it wasn’t real significant…a few trees and telephone poles were uprooted and knocked down, and a couple of houses lost their roofs…but it could have been much worse.

Hill’s Disaster Relief Network

Animal shelters in particular have a tough time after a disaster strikes.  Pets that become separated from their humans often end up in shelters until they can be reunited with their families.  Most shelters are already struggling to make ends meet for the animals they have, so this added burden of caring for animals as a result of a disaster can really create a stressful situation for them.

Disasters can strike anytime and anywhere #PetPrepared

Emergency workers rescuing animals after a disaster
Photo courtesy of Hill’s® Pet Nutrition, Inc.


Did you know that Hill’s® has established the Hill’s Disaster Relief Network to help in these situations?  This network, which began in 2013, is an extension of its Food, Shelter and Love® program.  In the last 3 years, the Hill’s Disaster Relief Network has delivered free pet food to more than 60 different shelters and vet clinics across the country in response to 25 major disasters…like recent floods in Colorado and the damaging tornado in Moore, Oklahoma.  What a HUGE help this has been to these shelters and clinics!

Be Pet Prepared

FEMA National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day is May 14.  If you don’t have a disaster preparedness plan in place for your pets, now is the time to do it.  The mom is making sure she has a plan for us.  Here are 7 tips that Hill’s recommends to ensure your pet’s safety in an emergency:

  1. Make sure your pet wears a collar ID tag or is microchipped and that the contact information is up-to-date.
  2. Have a “Pet Emergency Go-Kit” of pet supplies that’s readily accessible in an emergency.  Your Pet Go-Kit should include the following:  first aid supplies and guide book; a 3-day supply of pet food in a waterproof container and bottled water; a safety harness and leash; waste clean-up supplies; medications and medical records; a contact list of veterinarian and pet care organizations; information on your pet’s feeding routine and any behavioral issues; toys and a blanket.
  3. Put a pet rescue decal on your front door and/or window to let first responders know there’s a pet in the house.  Include your veterinarian’s contact information.
  4. Pets like to hide when they’re scared.  Learn your pet’s hiding spots.  Finding them quickly will help you evacuate faster.
  5. Identify a location to take your pet if you need to evacuate.  Keep in mind that disaster shelters for people may not be open to pets.  Check for hotels and motels with pet-friendly policies or ask relatives or friends if you and your pet could stay with them, if necessary.
  6. Carry a recent photo of your pet should you get separated.
  7. If you need to evacuate, you may want to take a pet carrier or crate for transport and safe-keeping.

Put Pet Alert Signs on your Door and Window #PetPrepared

Hill’s has designed an informative checklist to help you put together your own Pet Emergency Go-Kit.  Click HERE to view it and print it out so you’ll have it to refer to.

Your pets are important members of your family and you want to keep them safe and protected, right? If you aren’t pet prepared in case of a disaster, please take the time to get prepared.  Let’s hope you’ll never need it…but it’s best to be prepared than not have a plan in place at all.  Your pets will thank you for it.


The Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love® program is based on four pillars:  Volunteer, Donate, Choose and Adopt.  Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love program has already provided over $280 million worth of food to nearly 1,000 shelters, 365 days a year helping over 8 million pets find a new home.  For more information about the Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love program, visit their website.  You can also follow Hill’s on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.


This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hill’s® Pet Nutrition, Inc. The opinions and text are all mine.

  59 Responses to “Are You Pet Prepared If Disaster Strikes? #PetPrepared”

  1. Those are all such great suggestions. We used to get ready for hurricanes when we lived on the coast.. We would like to get some of those stickers for the house. That is such a good idea.

  2. This is a great post! Of course we all hope that disaster will never strike, but sometimes I think that optimism makes us too lax when it comes to making plans for our pets in the unfortunate case that something does happen. Thank you for sharing this with us, Wally, and for bringing awareness to this very important issue!

    We actually have pet alert stickers here at our house, but, we don’t have them put up in doors or windows yet! Shame on the mom! They will be going up now, though. Thank you again for sharing this!

  3. Great post. This is so very important. Thank you!

  4. very informative. i’ve told the boyz over and over if there are threatening storm clouds they should go in the basement. unfortunately their natural inclination is to run upstairs and hide under the bed.

  5. That is great information Wally. If something scares us we are all under Aunties bed…

  6. Great post Wally…… never know what can happen and it’s always good to be purrpared. Hills is a great company with getting the word out !

    Hugs, Sammy

  7. So many great tips and posts coming out of this campaign. I’m bummed we didn’t get in on it, but happy to read all of your posts!

  8. You are so right Wally. Here in VT we’re pretty lucky but Hurricanes Sandy and Irene proved we’re not completely immune. Being prepared for the unexpected is so important.

  9. these are great tips – we keep hearing about the disasters in OK and in Canada and we hope those families get the help they need

  10. With the fires that are happening here in part of Canada, and so many people and pets are being displaced, this is a great post with great tips. Thank you

  11. I hate thinking about all those pets that get separated from their owners in disasters. Thank you for this great post!

  12. Great post! It’s heartbreaking to see the news about missing fur kids in disaster areas. Thank you for the thorough and important tips, Wally!

  13. Tornadoes are very scary. I am glad we don’t get them here. It sounds like your Mom has things all set for you guys. She loves you very much.

  14. Life is unpredictable and when you throw in the weather, well…always better to be prepared. Great post!

  15. I really like and am glad of this post. Extreme importance. I wish I could get a decal like that.

  16. We are Wally!! What a great post hugs madi your bfff

  17. We have that pet sticker on our window, although our humans’ still need to make out a plan in case of emergency.

  18. Great post! We have the same Pet Alert stickers on our house windows.

  19. This is great information to have–thank you for sharing it. I need to do some preparation. It’s so easy to get complacent and think disasters won’t strike–but you never know.

  20. Ya’ look great Wally. We have to say it’s a shame Hill’s doesn’t make better food cuz what they do fur needy animals is so good.

    Luv ya’


  21. grate post guys & manee thanx for de ree minder…….de food servizz gurl haz a fair lee good list but nothinz in de same spot…….we knead ta get her two werk on it……♥♥♥

  22. We have a decal on our sliding door of our condo, but we really need to have Mom work on getting a kit ready.

  23. Awesome post and information! We are prepared! We truly believing in being prepared ahead of time. It is too hard to think and gather things if you wait until the last minute. And, it is always better to have a plan and be prepared ahead of time!

  24. Thanks so much for sharing this so important reminder!

  25. Wally, thanks for doing this post! Great job! It’s so nice that Hills helps in these situations. The lady was really together after 9/11 with her former kitties. She even had a list of motels that allowed cats and a kit with water, cat food, dishes, etc. She’s very unprepared now and needs to change that.

  26. Great post, guys. Natural disasters are so very scary, and having a safety plan in place is very helpful. The mom needs to work on our emergency kit some more, we say!

  27. Great tips! The Dad says we are prepared but I hope we never have to find out.

  28. Mom really needs to get busy!! We live in a hurricane zone and hurricane season is almost here!! Thanks for reminding us to get ready!!!

  29. That’s a very informative post, Wally. Even if someone doesn’t prepare a kit, they should at least print out a list of items so they can pack them quickly in case they need to evacuate.

  30. The stickers are a great idea, especially for cats who might hide and animals who are confined to a cage. We have everything handy if we need to evacuate, but I sure hope we never have to. Kudos to Hills for helping out in times of disaster.

  31. I like their new logo. You know we’re not allowed to put those stickers on our door. TW wishes we were. They said if we could find a magnet, they may allow it.

  32. Excellent post, it is important to be prepared.

  33. Very informative post Wally! Our mommy worries about this kind of stuff all the time. She’s sorta prepared but not completely. We’ll get her to get totally prepared soon!

  34. We’ve learned to be prepared after having fire sweep through the area where our cabin is at – 3 times within 8 years! Great post!

  35. Hey, there was stickers like that on our door in Midway and in Calgary! Mommy has a emergency kit for Mes stored in my carrier and because wes has a “nothing on the door” rule in our apartment Mommy has a magnet that ___ cats live here and ___ dogs live here, so she can update it when Koz, John John and Cin niece comes to visit. She’s also got a card in her wallet that says ”
    I live alone and have a cat at home. IN AN EMERGENCY please contact: (my human aunt and her phone number).
    Most excellent post.

    • Nellie, what a good idea of your mom to carry that info about having pets at home should something happen to her.

  36. Thanks for the good advice. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  37. This is such great — and important — advice, Wally. Thank you for reminding all of us to be prepared!

  38. We’re trying to “push” Mom Paula into helping us get better prepared.

  39. With everything that’s goin’ on up here in Canada, the peeps have been double-checking that they’re prepared in case of a disaster. This post will come in handy, for sure.


  40. I was also thinking about the fires in Canada. You have to always be prepared for a disaster. We just never know when it will happen.

  41. We have a great disaster/emergency plan when we are camping, but a not so great one for home. I think we will have to update our plans!

  42. We have a bag packed for Mr. N. I think I need a few more things though. He’s also used to riding in his pet carrier.

  43. We sure hope this nevfur happens…and yet…one doesn’t know what may happen. Thanks fur the heads up and good reminder.

    Sorry we have not been around too much…We have our new blog up now:
    Meezer’s Mews and Freckles’ Woofs

  44. That’s a great post! We are all microchipped but #1 does wonder what would happen if disaster struck as there are four of us plus Tommy.

    The Chans

  45. We have been microchipped so we would hopefully have been found but it’s better to be safe than sorry.

  46. We’ve been hearing a lot about being prepared when disaster happens, especially lately with the wild fires in Alberta, Canada.

  47. We are SORT of ready. Our cat records are all in one file, food can quickly be scooped into a big box, we each have a PTU in the front closet. The main problem is that we would all go hide if TBT started running around.

  48. Thank you for the great information and reminders, Wally!

  49. This is really good information! Mommy doesn’t have a kit already made, but she should. When we get a hurricane warning she throws some things together in case we have to evacuate.

  50. Great message Wally. Everyone should have a plan to keep their pets safe in an emergency.

  51. It’s so important to be prepared in case of emergency – we’ve had floods and fires locally although thankfully haven’t had to evacuate.

  52. That is good that Hills is helping the way they do. We live in a hurricane area and we need to be prepared for that. My biggest concern is that none of our cats are micrchipped. We wanted that for Puck on his last vet visit but the vet didn’t want to add to his trauma.

  53. We are so lucky to live in an area with no real threat from floods or storms but.. We sure need Dad to put up those notices in case there is a fire or something else happening at our home
    Thanks for the great post

  54. I hate to admit that we are not prepared, other than having stickers like that in our window. We live in such a safe area, we just don’t worry about it much. But I also know that bad stuff can happen anywhere…even here. We’ll have to get on this, thanks for the great tips!

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