In honor of National Pet Preparedness Month, the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division is encouraging Michiganders to create an emergency preparedness kit for their pets to ensure complete readiness during an emergency or disaster.

“Being prepared for emergencies and disasters means having a plan for everyone in your family, including pets,” said Insp. Chris Bush, Assistant Division Commander of the MSP/EMHSD. “Pet Preparedness Month is the time of year to make sure you and your pets are ready when disaster strikes.

Items to include in your pet preparedness kit are:

  • Food (your pet's regular food)
  • Water
  • Leash and collar
  • Bowls
  • Photo of your pet or ID and a photo of you with your pet
  • Medications your pet needs
  • Immunization and veterinary records (keep both updated)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Contact list of pet-friendly hotels, veterinarians, and out-of-town friends and family
  • Toys, rope, and sanitation bags
  • Pet carrier

Pet owners should have these items together in an easy to grab location.