Pet lovers: know what to do in an emergency

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Animal advocates and first responders say it's important to make sure your pet is included in your plans.

Whether it's an evacuation or a personal emergency, the US Department of Homeland Security has a website with a checklist of things to consider.

It is recommended that you have your pet's leashes and carriers easily accessible, be able to locate your pet's vaccination records, and ensure your pet is microchipped. Information about your pet must also be up to date.

The Humane Rescue Alliance recommends having a trusted friend or family member on your contact list who is willing and able to care for your pets in case you are unable to.

Keep a two-week supply of pet food available, along with other necessary items such as treats or toys.

Even if you have someone ready to care for a pet, the alliance recommends having a backup, just in case.

And since June is the start of so many outdoor and travel adventures for pets, there are other things to keep in mind, like having your vet's information in your emergency kit.

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