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June - Pet Preparedness Month
Our preparedness theme this month is Pet Preparedness. Pets are valued members of our families. We encourage you to include your pets in your family's emergency plans. An emergency may require anything from a brief displacement from your home to a long term evacuation.
Different types of disasters can require different measures to keep you, your family, and your pets safe. The best thing you can do for your family is to be prepared. Assembling an emergency supply kit for people AND animals is the first step. Next, develop a pet care buddy system. These two simple actions will help you be prepared for an unexpected crisis event or emergency. Whether you need to shelter in place in your home during an emergency or if you evacuate to a safer location, the event will go much more smoothly if you plan in advance for your pets. Arrange a safe haven for your pets in the event of evacuation (not all shelters accept pets).
Additional information on how to include your pets in your family's emergency plan is available in
this checklist from the American Red Cross and in the
Saving the Whole Family Guide from the American Veterinarian Medical Association.
Severe Weather Preparedness
Severe weather in our area generally means severe thunderstorms. Now when you hear the words “severe thunderstorm” in the forecast, be ready for more than just heavy rain and lightning. Severe thunderstorms can also bring hail, strong wind gusts, flash floods, and tornadoes. These storms could also cause power outages.
It’s important to be prepared and know what steps you will take when a disaster strikes.
One of the most important steps is to have multiple ways to receive warnings and alerts (e.g.
internet, local TV and radio,
Wireless Emergency Alerts and weather apps,
NOAA Weather Alert Radio, from family, friends and coworkers,
FEMA App). Also, the
Weather Watcher Page from the National Weather Service Chicago Weather Forecast Office is a great resource for advanced information to allow you to prepare.
Severe weather can happen at any time and anywhere. Practice your emergency plans regularly so that everyone in your home or office knows what to do when a severe weather warning is issued. Be aware of severe weather plans no matter where you travel (e.g. shopping centers, place of worship, schools, theater).
View the below resources for tips and information pertaining to severe weather preparedness. Additional information is available in the
Severe Weather Preparedness Guide developed by IEMA and the NWS and on the
emergency preparedness page of