May 22, 2013 2:00 PM by Mary Elizabeth Dallas
WEDNESDAY, May 22 (HealthDay News) -- In the aftermath of this week's deadly tornado, many people in Oklahoma are not only struggling to care for children and relatives, but also their pets.
Finding a missing pet that's been displaced during a natural disaster and relocating to temporary housing can be stressful, but experts from the American Kennel Club are offering a few tips on how to ease that transition.
One smart step: Always carry a picture of yourself with your pet that can be used to help identify any animals displaced during an emergency.
Other steps to ensure the safe evacuation of a pet due to a natural disaster:
The experts note that microchips can also help locate pets displaced during an emergency. In the wake of the recent storms, the American Kennel Club has donated 200 microchips and six microchip scanners to help locate and recover pets displaced in Oklahoma.
The Humane Society provides more information on how to make a disaster plan for pets.