National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day

National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day

The main disasters we have to worry about in Indiana is tornados, flooding, and blizzards as far as weather goes. Here are some of the facts I highlighted last month with tornados since May is also one the months when we are most vulnerable to tornadoes. The excessive rains we have seen over the past month are also a concern with flooding. You let your dog out to go potty and they get swept away in the water. Not what we want to think about, but are you prepared?

Are you ready if disaster strikes?

  • The US experiences approximately 75% of all tornadoes in the world.
  • Tornado drills aren’t just important at school and work, what your pet plan is during a storm or tornado.
  • When bad weather is predicted, make sure leashes and collars are handy.  Your pets try to hide during storms and you want to be able to keep a hold of them to get them to safety.

Most tornadoes are associated with supercell thunderstorms.  These storms involve high velocity updrafts, downdrafts, and strong vertical wind shear, which causes horizontal rotation within an individual storm cell.

The average number of tornadoes in Indiana from 1991-2010 was 22 per year.

Tornadoes can occur any time of day, but are most likely to occur between 3pm and 9pm.

The most powerful tornadoes occur in the US, specifically Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas, known as tornado alley.

According to petfinder.com, the chances of reuniting with a lost pet go up nearly 250% if that dog or cat has a microchip.

A microchip is better than a tag because the tag can be lost off your pet’s collar.

The gold standard is a tag and a microchip for your pet.

Petlink is the brand we use.  The cost is $45.00 with no additional maintenance fees when you register it online and give your information.  They have been in business over 30 years.

According to petlink.net 1 in 3 pets will go missing in their lifetime.

If you aren’t ready, call today for an appointment to get vaccines updated and a microchip placed. GET PREPARED!

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