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Emergency preparedness plan should include family pets: OSPCA, fire chiefs

You can post a decal on your front door to make first responders aware there are pets inside the home
May 4, 2022

Emergency Preparedness Week is May 1-7, and the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society, and the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs have joined forces to hit home an important message -- everyone needs an emergency plan, and it must include your furry family members.

If an emergency struck that required you to evacuate or shelter in place, would you be ready? Here are five tips to keep you and your furry family members safe in the event of an emergency:

“By having the necessary supplies to shelter in place, or a plan to evacuate with your pets, preparing for the unexpected will help ensure you’re able to care for your pets during an emergency,” says Jennifer Bluhm, vice-president, community outreach services, Ontario SPCA and Humane Society.

“No one wants or expects an emergency, but everyone should be prepared just in case,” says OAFC president, Deputy Chief Rob Grimwood. “A simple 72-hour emergency preparedness kit, along with a pre-planned emergency escape route for you, your family and pets can save the lives of those you care about most.”

For more emergency planning resources, and to request a free emergency decal, visit