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CHFS: Make a plan for your pets in case of emergency
By Barbara Fox/Beth Fisher
The Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), has launched First 72 Are On You information campaign during the month of September - National Preparedness Month (NPM), to increase emergency preparedness efforts for Kentuckians and their families. This week's spotlight is on preparing household pets and animals for disasters and emergencies.
"If you are like the many animal owners in Kentucky today, your pet is an important member of your household and the best way to protect your pet from the stress and disruption of an emergency is to have a disaster pet kit and a plan that includes whether you will stay at home or evacuate during an emergency event," said Dr. Kelly Giesbrecht, state veterinarian for public health. "Being ready increases the likelihood of survival for all involved and reduces stress and worry for both pets and their owners."
Planning for emergency preparedness measures for household pets and animals should take into consideration the following precautions to include:
The nationwide effort of NPM is organized each year by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to encourage citizens to prepare and plan for emergencies in their homes, business and schools. This yearly observance was founded after 9/11 to increase preparedness awareness in the U.S., a fitting time to join the effort to help communities prepare for emergencies, such as natural disasters and potential terrorist threats, and to encourage individuals to take action.
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