The Madison County Health Department is reminding pet owners to remember their furry friends when preparing for emergencies.  According to the Health Department, individuals or families need to be self-reliant for three days without electricity and water service, or access to a supermarket and other local services. 

 

The Health Department’s Public Information Officer Amy Yeager says people need to remember their pets will be subjected to the same hardships as their owners during an emergency or disaster.

 

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A pet survival kit, according to Yeager, should include many of the same things you would need for your family, but also identification tags that are up-to-date and securely fastened to your pet's collar; a current photo of your pet for identification purposes; and a secure pet carrier and leash or harness.

 

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