What Goes in a Tornado Kit for Pets

What Goes in a Tornado Kit for Pets?

Tornado season in Michigan is right around the corner, and that means it’s time to make sure your family is ready. You’ll need to prepare your own tornado kits – and if you’re pet owners, you’ll need a tornado kit for pets, too.

Related: What to put in your disaster kit

What Goes in a Tornado Kit for Pets?

Your pet tornado kit should be in a sturdy container that’s easy to carry. Make sure to fill it with all your pet’s essentials, including:

  • Sturdy leashes and harnesses
  • Pet carriers if applicable
  • A kennel so your pet can’t escape
  • Food
  • Drinking water
  • Bowls
  • Cat litter
  • Litter box
  • Manual can opener (if your pets eat canned food)
  • Medications your pet takes
  • Medical records in a waterproof container
  • A first-aid kit
  • Current photos of your pet in case he or she gets lost
  • Information on feeding schedules and medical conditions in case you end up having to foster or board your pets (keep this information in a waterproof container, too)
  • Pet toys
  • Pet beds

Pro tip: If you know a tornado is coming, harness and leash your pet right away – it’s one less step you’ll have to take during the event.

Related: What is the Fujita-Pearson Tornado Scale?

Keeping your pets safe during a tornado is about more than just having a kit, though. You also need to:

  • Make sure all your cats and dogs are wearing collars with up-to-date ID tags (and include your cell phone number on the tag)
  • Take your pet if you evacuate – if your home isn’t safe for you, it’s not safe for your pet
  • Evacuate early – don’t wait for an evacuation order

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