CALIFORNIA, USA — Are you prepared for a wildfire? Do you have your go-bag filled with clothing, food and important documents in case you need to evacuate your home quickly? 

These items are important and Cal Fire wants to remind people to always be prepared because you never know when a wildfire or other natural disaster may strike. Keeping your family prepared is something many talk about, but what about your more furry family members? 

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If you have a pet, whether it is a dog, cat or rabbit, there are few more items you should have ready to go in case of an evacuation. 

According to Cal Fire, pets owners should have the following things packed and ready to go:

  • Cat litter box & litter
  • Pet carrier for each pet
  • Toys & treats
  • Medications & dosing instructions
  • Two week supply of food & water
  • Plastic bags for waste disposal
  • Non-spill food and water bowls
  • Paper towels & disinfectants
  • Leashes/collars/harnesses
  • Pet first-aid kit
  • Newspaper
  • Blankets

According to Cal Fire, livestock owners need a different set of items in case of a natural disaster. That kit should include:

  • Hay, feed, and water for three days
  • Non-nylon leads and halters
  • Fire aid items
  • Wire cutters and a sharp knife
  • Hoof pick
  • Leg wraps
  • Shovel
  • Water buckets
  • Plastic trash barrel with a lid
  • Portable radio and extra batteries
  • Flashlights

Cal Fire says for animals that are older or rely on medications, planning ahead is especially important. Have any question? Make sure to talk to your pet's veterinarian for any advice or concerns. 

No one wants to leave their pets behind, but sometimes that option is out of our hands. Cal Fire says if you must leave your pet behind, do the following:

  • Bring them indoors, never leave pets chained outside
  • Use a room with no windows and good ventilation like a garage or bathroom
  • Leave only dry food and freshwater in non-spill containers. If possible leave a faucet open to let water drip into a large container or partially fill up a bathtub.

More information can be found on the Cal Fire website.

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