Dog 72 hour Emergency Go-Bag Backpacks--List Below
The 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 this website. Good luck!
Every dog can carry something that would be 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.
Tiny toy dog bag
Here is a nice larger dog bag with detachable bags so the harness is usable alone
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 typhoons
Do Not Forget Life Vest for each pet and person
Here is a nice dog flotation vest
comes in all sizes
Family Disaster Dog 72 hour Ready Bag
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.
This a source used for sick animals that cannot eat. 1 teaspoon per 10 lbs body weight will keep your dog alive after you run out of dog food. This is a good standby to have. 1 tube will keep a small dog well fed without any other food source for 4- 5 days.
Freeze Dried pet food is lightweight and keeps 1 year
Body rain suit for yourself and family in your dog's backpack
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.
"Evacuate with Your Dogs Help " by Amber Higgins
The 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
90 pages of lessons that show you how your dog can rescue you and find lost family after disasters, bad weather, floods, storms, hurricanes,tornadoes, bombs, earthquakes and shtf
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Here's a couple Emergency Survival Disaster Kits to have a look at...stay safe everyone
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