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Sometimes all of the unofficial national "holidays" and awareness months that keep cropping up seem excessive. Do we really need a National Hug Your Cat Day?! But I think the new movement to make June National Pet Preparedness Month is a really good one, and a nice complement to September's National Preparedness Month for people.
Earlier this year, I wrote an article in the magazine about disaster preparedness in light of lessons learned from Hurricane Sandy . It's important to revisit this topic periodically and it's timely now that storm season has started.
A little preparation goes a long way in an emergency and having a "go bag" will help you keep calm and evacuate quickly. This is especially important if you have the added responsibility of pets.
If you already have a "go bag" or evacuation pack, use this month as an annual reminder to replace old food and medication and to update photos and emergency contact information. If you haven't created a bag, use this list to help get you started.
For more information on preparing your canine family for natural disasters, visit the ASPCA web site .
It's easy to think that you'll never have to deal with a natural disaster, but I saw countless people caught totally off guard during Hurricane Sandy. Creating an evacuation plan and a "go bag" doesn't take much effort and you (and your pets!) will be thankful for your advance preparation in the event of an emergency!