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National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day

Don't let your furry friends be caught off guard during a natural disaster - mark your calendars for National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day!
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Mark your calendars for National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day on May 8! This day was created to raise awareness about the importance of including our beloved pets in disaster preparedness plans. Did you know that over 60% of American households have at least one pet? In times of natural disasters, it's crucial to have a plan in place to ensure the safety and well-being of our furry friends. From hurricanes to wildfires, there are many potential emergencies that can threaten our pets' lives. So let's take this day as an opportunity to learn more about how we can protect our animal companions during times of crisis.

History of National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day

National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day Dates

National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1979</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>FEMA Established</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is established, marking the beginning of federal intervention in disaster preparedness, including provisions for pets.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1991</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Oakland Firestorm</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Oakland Firestorm sparks discussions on the need for better animal disaster preparedness after many pets were lost or injured.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1996</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Animal Disaster Response Teams</div><div class='timeline-text'>The formation of specialized animal disaster response teams begins across the USA, working to evacuate and care for animals during crises.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2005</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Hurricane Katrina</div><div class='timeline-text'>Hurricane Katrina highlights the importance of pet disaster preparedness, leading to changes in federal law to consider pets in disaster plans.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2006</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>PETS Act</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards (PETS) Act is enacted, requiring state disaster plans to include provisions for household pets and service animals.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2014</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Animal Disaster Preparedness Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day is observed, raising awareness about the need to include pets in emergency plans.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Create an emergency plan for your pets</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Sit down with your family and make a plan for what to do in case of a disaster. This should include a designated safe place for your pets, a list of important phone numbers, and a plan for transportation if you need to evacuate.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Prepare a disaster kit for your pets</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Put together a bag of essential items for your pets in case of an emergency. This should include food and water, medications, first aid supplies, and any other necessary items.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Spread awareness on social media</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Use your social media platforms to share information about National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day and the importance of being prepared for disasters with your friends and followers.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Volunteer at a local animal shelter</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Reach out to your local animal shelter and ask if they need any volunteers to help with disaster preparedness efforts for the animals in their care. This is a great way to make a direct impact in your community.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host a fundraiser for a disaster relief organization</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Organize a fundraising event or online campaign to support organizations that provide aid to animals during disasters. This is a great way to raise awareness and make a difference for animals in need.</p></div></div>

Why National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It helps save lives</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>During natural disasters, animals can often be the forgotten victims. By being prepared and having a plan in place, we can help protect and care for our furry friends in times of crisis.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It raises awareness for animal safety</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day highlights the importance of including animals in emergency planning. This not only benefits individual pet owners, but it also spreads awareness about animal welfare to the general public.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It encourages responsible pet ownership</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Being prepared for a natural disaster means not only taking care of ourselves, but also ensuring the safety and well-being of our pets. This day serves as a reminder for pet owners to stay up-to-date on vaccinations, have emergency supplies on hand, and plan for their pets' evacuation or sheltering needs in case of emergency.</p></div></div>

5 Uncovered Facts on Animal Disaster Preparedness

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>More than 30 States Mandate Pet Evacuation Plans</h3><p class='facts-content'>In the United States, more than 30 states have laws requiring that pet evacuation plans be included in their overall disaster preparedness plans.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Airports are required to have Animal Evacuation Plans</h3><p class='facts-content'>Airports receiving federal funding are required by law to include animal evacuation plans in their emergency preparedness plans. This includes commercial service airports.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Microchips Increase Chance of Finding Pets Post-Disaster</h3><p class='facts-content'>Pets with microchips are much more likely to be reunited with their owners after a disaster than those without. This small device holds important information about your pet and can be scanned by most animal clinics and shelters.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Pets Are Affected by Smoke Inhalation Faster than Humans</h3><p class='facts-content'>Pets, especially birds, are more lightly to suffer from smoke inhalation in case of a fire because they have faster metabolisms and take more breaths per minute than humans.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Millions of Pets Were Left Behind During Hurricane Katrina</h3><p class='facts-content'>Reports estimate that over a quarter million pets were left behind during Hurricane Katrina, highlighting the importance of including pets in evacuation and disaster preparedness planning.</p></div></div>

National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day FAQs

When is National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day?

National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day is celebrated on May 8 every year. In 2024 National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day will occur on a Wednesday.

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