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Preparing for an Emergency

Friday August 28, 2020

A Golden Lab cross sits beside a blue tote full of GDB merchandise.

Whether your region is regularly threatened by wildfires, you face harsh seasonal storms and power outages, or you're just trying to get prepared in the event of an emergency Guide Dogs for the Blind encourages everyone to make a plan for sheltering in place or safely evacuating if you are asked to do so. We’ve included a few tips to help you make an emergency prepareness plan for your dogs as well.

Be sure that pets are wearing their collars with identification and all pets are microchipped. GDB program dogs are required to wear their ID tags at all times. All GDB dogs are microchipped in the event that identification is not available.

Consider creating an emergency kit for your dog. Keeping a bag stocked with supplies near the door with your dog leash can make all the difference in an emergency. Some items we suggest including:

  • Pet first-aid kit
  • Flashlight or safety light
  • 3-7 days’ worth of your dogs regular food and water and bowls
  • Disposable poop bags
  • Extra collar or harness as well as an extra leash or tie-down.
  • Copies of emergency contacts including your vet’s information and medical records.
  • A two-week supply of any medicine your pet requires (Remember, food and medications should be rotated out of your emergency kit—otherwise they may go bad or become useless)
  • A traveling crate or sturdy carrier
  • Foot protection for your dog in the event that there is broken glass, embers, or other obstructions along your evacuation route.
  • Blanket
  • Recent photos of your pets (in case you are separated)
  • A special toy or chew toys to provide some stress relief

Make a plan and practice. If your emergency plan requires assistance from family, friends, or neighbors, consider a few practice runs to make sure that all pets know how to load into vehicles, shelter in place or move to high points in your home depending on the emergency you’re planning for.

In the event of an emergency, follow all instructions and orders from emergency personnel. Once you and your pet are safe you can get in touch with your emergency contacts.

  • GDB clients with working guides should include our Support Center number in their emergency contacts. We can help make arrangements to get supplies, support, and veterinary assistance for you if necessary.
  • GDB Puppy Raisers and Volunteers should contact their group leaders or Community Field Representatives if they are displaced or in need of support to keep their dog healthy and safe in the event of an emergency.

For more information:

  • If you have any questions about creating an emergency plan for your dog, contact your veterinary provider.
  • If you are a GDB client, contact our Support Center at 800.295.4050 for more information or assistance.
  • GDB Volunteers, please contact your Puppy Club Leader if you need more information about how you can prepare for an emergency. 

To learn more about GDB's industry-leading veterinary services, visit our Veterinary Services page.

Categories: Dog Care & Health, GDB Community, Travel