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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

First Pets Lead the Way on Disaster Preparedness

September is National Preparedness Month, and with Hurricane Joaquin approaching the Bahamas and possibly impacting the East Coast, it’s more important than ever to have a disaster plan ready to keep your family (including your pets) safe.

My rescued kitten, Basil, has a new video and checklist with resources for creating a basic pet disaster preparedness kit. Check it out at

I’m really pleased that today, as part of America’s PrepareAthon!, the White House has released a new disaster preparedness video featuring the Obama family’s pets, Bo and Sunny.

The First Dogs are spreading the word to millions of animal lovers nationwide, about the importance of being prepared with basic items such as pet food, medications, veterinary records, bottled water, a manual can opener, food dishes, cat litter, up to date pet photos and ID tags and other supplies. The White House has other resources for pet owners available online at

We are grateful to the Obama family and administration for spreading the message that preparing for a disaster means making sure a plan is in place for all members of the family—including our beloved pets. Watch the video below on how to include your pets in your disaster preparedness plan, and for more resources on staying safe during a disaster, visit


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