Do You Have a Winter Disaster Plan?

Remember your pets in times of crisis.

If you have pets, you likely treat them like members of the family. So when extreme whether or a natural disaster strikes, it’s important to include all the members of your family in your response plan. Developing a pet safety plan ahead of time will not only ease your mind, it’ll increase your pets’ chances for survival in the case of an emergency.

If you live in a region where blizzards are common, plan ahead for what you’ll do if you lose power for several days. Keep a spare bag of pet food stocked away in the pantry in case you’re snowed in, and have a backup of any crucial pet medications on hand during the coldest winter months. If you have outdoor animals, like horses and livestock, supply plenty of food, water, dry bedding and a secure shelter from the elements. Keep a watchful eye on these vulnerable animals for signs of unusual behavior, which may signal frostbite or pneumonia. Ensure that all animals are wearing a secure collar and tag with identification.

If you’re forced to evacuate due to a major storm, always, always take your animals with you! Pets’ chances for survival drop significantly when left to fend for themselves. Determine in advance which hotels or shelters accept pets or which family member you can stay with, so you’ll know exactly where you’ll go when you leave home. If you have large animals, consider whether you’ll have a trailer available to move them and whether they’re accustomed to traveling in it.

Leaving your domestic pet behind should be a last resort, but if you’re forced to do so, make sure they’re secured indoors with access to food and lots of water. Fill up the bathtub, take the lid off of the toilet tank and leave the bathroom door propped open. You never know how long a weather-related emergency will keep you away from home.

By planning ahead and talking through your plan as a family, you’ll be well-equipped to deal with a winter weather emergency if and when it strikes.

Make sure that you subscribe to our newsletter, so that you don’t miss out on anything Skinny Ms.

For more tasty recipes, healthy lifestyle tips, and whole body workouts, check out our Facebook page and follow us on Pinterest.

We’d love to hear what you think of this post, or what you’d like to see on our site. Leave us a comment in the comments section below.

This post may include affiliate links.

Create a FREE account for quick & easy access


The SkinnyMs. team believes that all people, regardless of age, size, and fitness level, have the power to transform their lives — they just need the resources to do so. The SkinnyMs. method promotes healthy living through a combination of clean eating and regular exercise. We offer everything you need to be successful.

More by Skinny

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *