K9 Bug-Out Evacuation List
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Dog and Owner 72 hour Emergency Go-Bag---List Below
These supplies are the same as those recommended and carried by rescue workers, firefighters, military and other search team members so that they can be ready for any situations if they themselves are injured, hungry, lost, or cut off from other team members and outside. In order to survive, every team member carries a backpack with these supplies as part of their uniform.
The benefit of your dog learning to carry this backpack is explained in several of the lessons here at Family Disaster Dogs.
I have added links to some items on this page so those of you who are unfamiliar with the items can learn more and get them. I do make a very small amount off purchases to help maintain the Family Disaster Dogs free website. Good luck!
Every dog can carry something helpful in an emergency. Don't let the size of your dog stop you from taking advantage of what help the dog can be. Dog backpacks come in all sizes.Even tiny toy dogs can carry something, ID cards, your eyeglasses :) medications while you carry the dog while evacuating then those items are handy and you have more room in your own bag.
Not only are these supplies used by rescue workers they are recommended for us as well. I highly recommend if you do no other dog training to your dog, do at least teach them to carry extra survival gear for you. That one thing could save your life or a loved one's.
F.E.M.A.'s Ready.gov website suggests that we assemble the kit well in advance of an emergency. They want us to be ready because we may have to evacuate at a moment’s notice and take essentials with us and that we will probably not have time to search for the supplies we need or to shop for them. We may need to survive on our own after an emergency.
Here's a good example of a dog emergency kit and if your dog can carry it themselves put the items in a dog backpack like below.
Animal rescuers advise if you are unable to take pets with you do not confine them up in crates, cages or tied so they cannot escape flood waters, fires and rubble. When disasters strike and SHTF animals know often before we do, they feel, smell, sense and hear the event coming and they run! If they can, or fly. Allow pets an escape route if at all possible only when you cannot take them with you. A window open enough for them to push out in a panic, is one idea.
The following list of emergency supplies is not the usual list of items needed in recommended kits or 72 hour packs. I've added extra items based on my SAR and Red Cross training plus personal experience.
With the increase in hurricanes, tropical storms, rising sea levels and typhoonsDo Not Forget Life Vest for each pet and person
Family Disaster Dog 72 hour Ready Bag
Items to Pack in Bug-Out Go-Bag :
- A current color photograph of you and your pet together (in case you are separated)
- Food, water – at the least a 3-day supply for each pet and person
- Hang water bottles from your dog's pack or harness, and your backpack too.
- Hint ** Empty drinking water bottles are great to recycle and use for carrying food like instant oatmeal, powdered milk, dry or freeze dried pet food, powder Gatorade, coffee-sugar-creamer mix..so many foods come to mind that can be easily prepared with water.
- Bowls - non-spill able w/lid if possible (<< click to see which bowl and dog food carry bag I like)
- Collar and leash -for dogs and cats
- A pair of woman's pantie hoses or stockings ( Stockings are compact with many uses, such as a piece as a muzzle for a hurt animal, a filter to strain dirt from water, a bandage plus they can keep you warm or be used as an ace elastic bandage)
- Instead of Poop Scoop Baggies just pack some regular sandwich bags so you can use them for other purposes too.
- Treats, toy, at least 3 days worth of light weight high quality dog food.
- 1 small lightweight blanket, towel, or newspaper for warmth
- ID tag should always be on pet's harness or collar
- Extra name tag should be on the backpack, be sure to put a nameplate on your bag too, on attached so it will not come off. With your cell phone number.
- In case you can drive away in order to evacuate or bug out. Pet carrier or crate for each pet labeled with pet and owner’s information (keep near your bag).
- Allergy medicine or other special medicines with instructions, Masks, baby wipes
Pet First Aid Kit Pack below items in its own small waterproof container or baggie that will fit in the dog's and your own backpack.
- Scissors-other pocket knife
- Band-aids don't stick to dog fur but a few for your friends can come in handy.
- Several Gauze pads and medical cotton squares
- Alcohol Wipes
- Instant cold pack (to big to carry-cold mud works in a pinch)
- Medical and Adhesive tape
- 1 small bar Soap
- 1 small tube Antiseptic cream
- 1 small bottle Eye drops
- 10-20 Cotton balls
- Powder Gatorade or electrolytes (Replenish is a powdered water additive that tastes great to dogs!)
- Large Tea Bags (stops bleeding)
- Vet Wrap (like an ace bandage for animals and sticks to itself, very handy)
- Glow lite Sticks (hang one on your dog and self at night to be seen)
Important... pack 2 or more tubes depending on the size of your dog of Nutri-Cal Concentrated Dog Food.
Nutri-Cal is a concentrated nutrition source for animals that reuse to eat or cannot eat, usually due to health or age. This is a good standby to have in an emergency kit in case you run out of dog and cat food or one of your pets get sick. 1 teaspoon per 10 lbs. body weight will keep your dog alive after you run out of dog food. 1 tube will keep a small dog well fed without any other food for about a week, a large dog 3 days.
Freeze Dried pet food is lightweight and keeps 1 year
- A compass and a map of your area
- A small flashlight with extra batteries or another light source
- Water Purification Tablets or Powder
- 12 Hour Emergency Bright Sticks\
- 16 Hour Hand Warmer
- Mylar Emergency Blanket
- Extra Collar and Leash Set
- Reflective Dog Vest
- Rain Coat and Boots will give your dog some protection
- in a nuclear fall out
- Body rain suit for yourself and family in your dog's saddlebag
- Tie-out leash or chain 10-15 ft. long
- Flotation Vest (Life Jackets) for each person and pet
- Change of clothes
- Pack at least 3 days of pet food in a backpack or duffel bag. The more the better.
Speaking of pet food, I've recently read an article trying to raise awareness on anal gland issues in dogs. As retired pet groomer I know this is a common complaint in dogs of all ages. If your dog shows any symptoms, you can simply start replacing his regular dry food with dog food for anal glands.
Here's a great place to read Reviews for Pet Products and Food from My Dog's Top Reviews.
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"Evacuate with Your Dogs Help " by Amber Higgins
Detailed list of items to pack for pets and people
How-to prepare to go to shelters with a pet
Pet Evacuation Laws
Dog CPR and Heimlich Maneuver
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"Family Disaster Dogs" book
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Here's the latest book "Start Mantrailing- Train a Dog to Find People for Fun, Sport and Work"
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