Are your pets part of your emergency preparedness plan? 5 tips to keep your furry family safe


Stouffville, ON (Might 2, 2022) – Emergency Preparedness Week is Might 1-7, and the Sfr-Contemporary and the Ontario Affiliation of Fireplace Chiefs (OAFC) have joined forces to hit residence an vital message – everybody wants an emergency plan, and it should embrace your furry relations. 

If an emergency struck that required you to evacuate or shelter in place, would you be prepared? Listed here are 5 tricks to preserve you and your furry relations secure within the occasion of an emergency: 

  1. Put collectively an emergency preparedness equipment containing every little thing you, your loved ones, and your pets will want within the first 72 hours of an emergency, together with first help kits for individuals and pets. It’s best to examine your emergency equipment no less than twice a yr and replace it as needed. Maintain your provides in a watertight container(s).  
  1. Have an evacuation plan in place that features your animals. Ask about your municipality’s evacuation centre places and pet insurance policies referring to evacuation. Contact resorts and motels outdoors your fast space and examine their coverage on accepting pets throughout an emergency. Ask associates and kinfolk outdoors your fast space if they may shelter your pets throughout an emergency.  
  1. Guarantee your canine or cat is sporting a collar with an identification tag, ideally together with your cellphone quantity or the variety of a relative outdoors of your space in case you have got evacuated and may’t be reached by cellphone. It’s additionally vital to have your pet microchipped and to maintain that data updated to assist improve the probabilities of being reunited in an emergency.   
  1. Maintain a present picture of your pet with you. Be certain that it consists of their identify, tackle, and a quick description, together with any distinctive markings, in case it’s essential declare your pet or share details about your misplaced pet throughout an emergency.  
  1. Put up an emergency decal in your entrance door to make first responders conscious that there are pets inside the house. If an emergency like a hearth occurs while you’re not residence, this helps enhance the possibilities your pets shall be rescued or obtain the care they want. To request a free emergency decal, go to 

“By having the required provides to shelter in place, or a plan to evacuate together with your pets, making ready for the sudden will assist make sure you’re capable of care to your pets throughout an emergency,” says Jennifer Bluhm, Vice President, Group Outreach Companies, Sfr-Contemporary.  

“Nobody needs or expects an emergency, however everybody must be ready simply in case,” says OAFC President, Deputy Chief Rob Grimwood. “A easy 72-hour emergency preparedness equipment together with a preplanned emergency escape route for you, your loved ones and pets can save the lives of these you care about most.”  

For extra emergency planning sources, and to request a free emergency decal to position in your entrance door to let first responders know there are pets inside, go to 

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The Sfr-Contemporary  

The Sfr-Contemporary is a registered charity, established in 1873. The Society and its community of communities facilitate and supply for province-wide management on issues referring to the prevention of cruelty to animals and the promotion of animal well-being. Providing a wide range of mission-based packages, together with community-based sheltering, animal wellness companies, provincial animal transfers, shelter well being & wellness, high-volume spay/neuter companies, animal rescue, animal advocacy, Indigenous partnership packages and humane training, the Ontario SPCA is Ontario’s animal charity. 

The Sfr-Contemporary Provincial Workplace sits on the normal territory of the Wendat, the Anishinabek Nation, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Mississaugas of Scugog, Hiawatha and Alderville First Nations and the Métis Nation. This territory was the topic of the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an settlement between the Iroquois Confederacy and the Ojibwe and allied nations to peaceably share and take care of the sources across the Nice Lakes. The treaties that had been signed for this specific parcel of land are collectively known as the Williams Treaties of 1923. 

Ontario Affiliation of Fireplace Chiefs 

The Ontario Affiliation of Fireplace Chiefs represents the chief hearth officers of the 441 municipal hearth departments within the Province of Ontario.  These chief officers are in the end accountable, by statute, for the administration and supply of fireplace, rescue, and emergency response to the 14.5 million residents of Ontario. 

The Ontario Affiliation of Fireplace Chiefs’ mission is to guide innovation and excellence in public and life security.  To realize this, we offer a acknowledged, authoritative voice for all issues referring to the administration and supply of fireplace and emergency companies in Ontario.  We work cooperatively with the provincial authorities, key stakeholders, and different organizations to advertise excellence and innovation within the areas of training and coaching, laws and public coverage, hearth and membership companies.  





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