September, National Preparedness Month (NPM)

Deb D’Andrea, Nederland.  September is National Preparedness Month, a time to review your previous plan or create a new plan should emergencies or disaster strike. A great web site to help create your action plan is: At this site, they outline several steps and resources to create your preparedness plan.


When creating a plan, include all your pets, big and small. Working with neighbors and family members to ensure safety for your pets should you not be home and disaster strikes is essential in helping everyone make their way to safety. A good web site to help guide your pet planning is: The information and planning you take time to create today will prove invaluable in times of need.


Including your pets in your disaster plan is essential and pet safety has gained awareness by many organizations following Hurricane Katrina.


There are several reasons people gave as to why they left their pets behind, and they regretted not taking them with when they had the chance. Currently there is a movement to allow pets in emergency shelters as many people have been turned away during times of crises because they had their beloved animals with them. Here in Nederland during the fire, there was a room setup for people to be with their pets at the school.


The International Fund for Animal Welfare ( is a highly rated international group that assists in worldwide projects advocating for animals, wildlife and habitats. They have created a “Tips for keeping your pets safe during disasters” checklist, which you can download:


With all the great information available, creating a solid preparedness plan is fairly straightforward and will offer small comfort should you need it. I highly recommend taking an hour or two to think through the possibilities, talk with neighbors and create a plan you’re comfortable with. Print it out and have it readily available to all who need.


Till next time. Deb D’Andrea, founder of 4TheLuvOfDogz & the Caribou Dog Ranch is recognized by the State of Colorado as a Certified Canine Massage Therapist and will visit your home or Vet’s office to work with your dog. Canine Agility may be offered at the Caribou Dog Ranch in 2017 if there is interest. Deb currently has limited availability for new Petz Nanny Clients; and she bakes up fresh dog treats & doggy birthday cakes per order. For information contact Deb at 720-675-7078 or email:

Deb D'Andrea

Deb D’Andrea a columnist for The Mountain-Ear. She is the founder of 4TheLuvOfDogz which provides mobile Canine Massage, Canine Agility and Petz Nanny Services. Her home-made dog treats are sold at local stores, and 4TheLuvOfDogz K9Birthday Cakes are available direct. Deb Petz Nanny’s for dogs, cats, birds, fish, horses, etc. Contact Deb at 720-675-7078 or email. Online: 4TheLuvOfDogz