We all love our pets whether they’re cats and dogs, birds, iguanas, snakes or even fish! June is Pet Preparedness month which encourages people to include their pets in family emergency planning.
Pets are always there for us-- some are even trained to dial 9-1-1 in an emergency and open the door for first responders! By adding your pet into your disaster plan, you can ensure first responders know they are there. Nearly 67% of U.S. Households or about 85 million families own a pet according to a 2019-2020 National Pet Owners Survey conducted by the American Pet Association (APPA).
Rave Mobile Safety is encouraging the use of Smart911 to protect people and pets as well as public safety personnel responding to 9-1-1 calls. Rave’s Smart911 safety profile allows individuals to input as much information as they want that is then automatically displayed to 9-1-1 only during emergency calls. This can include photos, floor-plans, medical conditions, disabilities, emergency contacts, home addresses of cell phone callers and other rescue related information.
By noting you have a pet in your household, first responders are aware of the situation and more likely to look for the animal. Some homeowners may post stickers on their doors or windows that could alert first responders to a pet when they arrive at the scene, but first responders are more effective when they know the information ahead of time. Pets can be very protective and simply knowing an animal’s name can alleviate a potentially stressful situation. Smart911 is a great way for owners to protect themselves and all family members, including pets, while facilitating the work of public safety personnel that are there to help during emergency situations.