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Outline For Successful Disaster Preparedness For Your Family And Your Ferrets And Other Pets

Use these four simple tips to create a successful disaster preparedness plan for your family and your ferrets and other pets.

By Renee Downs
Posted: August 1, 2011, 5 a.m. EDT

1) Identify the type of disaster most likely to occur in your area

2) Network
    a. with the ferret and animal shelters in your state
    b. with local emergency operations teams
    c. with ferret and animal shelters not in your state
        i. Barbara Clay moderates a Yahoo shelter group that discusses items of interest to ferret shelter operators, including disaster preparedness
        ii. Join F.E.R.R.E.T. on Facebook or the Yahoo group for details and opportunities to volunteer and donate during disaster
    d. with your neighbors

3) Make a disaster plan as suggested by The Red Cross
    a. Create an evacuation plan
        i. Where would you go?
        ii. How would you get there?
        iii. Who is your out-of-area contact?
        iv. Who is your local contact?
    b. Create a plan to shelter in place
        i. What supplies do you need?
        ii. What supplies do you have?
        iii. Is the shelter safe?
        iv. Are you prepared to be on your own for at least 72 hours?

4) Obtain your FEMA certifications
    a. IS-100 Introduction to Incident Command System
    b. IS-700 National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction
    c. IS-10 Animals in Disaster, Module A: Awareness and Preparedness
    d. IS-11 Animals in Disaster, Module B: Community Planning

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