There's nothing like feeling your house shake beneath you to realize that you aren't prepared to keep your dogs safe during a natural disaster or during an emergency! Where's the Bug Out Bag? Oh, wait.....we don't have one!
As some of you may have heard on the news, Napa had a 6.0 earthquake on August 24th which was only about 30 miles away from our house, and since we are right on the Hayward Fault Zone we definitely felt it! 10 seconds may not seem like very long but when the shaking gets harder and you aren't sure if it is going to stop it feels like 10 minutes. Luckily our house held up fine and the dogs slept right through it, but later I realized that I am completely unprepared for a natural disaster!
So I decided that it was time to pull together a Bug Out Bag for the dogs. It was a topic of great discussion at work and emails and links were flying back and forth; one coworker actually has her bag packed and in her car! I decided that the first bag I would make would be for the dogs and would cover basics like a medical kit and a food kit to last for a minimum of 3-7 days. I have several backpacks so I chose one that we could fit at least one of the dogs in so then we could each carry one other dog.
I was able to fit most of the items into two clear, water resistant bags that I found at the Container Store and I put all the medical supplies in one bag and the food supplies in the other. We had a dog first aid kit already so I took a majority of the contents out of that and added a few new items that I found at Target.
Here's what is in my medical bag:
- Ice cold pack and heat packs
- Adhesive tape
- Angled scissors
- Neosporin spray
- First aid box: antiseptic wipes and assorted band-aids
- Leatherman knife
- Tick removers and tweezers
- Self-adhering bandage (similar)
- Wet Wipes for cleaning your hands
- Non-stick gauze pads
Here's what is in my food bag:
- Stainless steel food bowls
- Folding water bowl
- Food (enough for all 3 dogs for 1 week)
- 1 week worth of medicine
- Water purification tablets
- 2 large water bottles- filled with water that will be switched out every week (fits in backpack)
Here's what is going in the backpack:
- Medical bag
- Food bag
- Leashes and extra collars
- Picture identification and copies of license, shots, and medicine. Some people put all this information on a flash drive but there's been mixed reviews in case it gets lost or stolen.
Did I leave anything out? We do have a collapsible crate that fits in the car and would fit all three of the dachshunds so we can always pull that out and bring it with us also.
Now that my Bug Out Bag is complete I can work on another one to leave in the car too! Here are more resources so you can make your own, because you never know when a disaster will strike!
- Make a Disaster Plan for Your Pets by the Humane Society
- Pet Disaster Preparedness Kit by the Humane Society
- 75 Bug Out Bag List Essentials by The Bug Out Bag Academy
- Bug Out Bag pins on Pinterest