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National Preparedness Month and Pets

For the last installment in our National Preparedness Month resources series, we’ve provided resources below on taking care of pets and animals during disasters.  We understand that pets are an important part of the family, and once again, we encourage you to take some time to explore these resources and to share them with your patrons.

Animals in Disasters

This page from DIMRC offers links to various resources on animals and pets in disasters.

Disaster Preparedness (ASPCA) (in Spanish)

Emergencies come in many forms.  Each type of disaster requires different measures to keep your pets safe.  The best thing you can do for yourself and your pets is to be prepared.

Pets and Disasters (American Veterinary Medical Association)

Pets are part of the family, and we need to be prepared to take care of them during a disaster.

Protect Your Pets in an Emergency (CDC)

Make plans to ensure your pet’s safety before, during, and after an emergency.  This page provides organizations and resources that you can contact or access to help you plan how to protect your pets.

As always, you can find more information on disaster medicine and public health preparedness on DIMRC’s website: http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/.

Caroline Spellman (Contractor)

Associate Consultant

Aquilent, Inc., supporting the mission of the National Library of Medicine

Specialized Information Services Division

Disaster Information Management Research Center

6707 Democracy Blvd., Ste. 510

Bethesda, MD 20892-5467

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