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Petpared Twitter Chat on Thursday
Penn Vet and FEMA team up to answer questions about preparing for emergencies

At Bark we've written a lot about being prepared for emergencies. It still seems up for debate whether or not the frequency and severity of natural disasters is actually increasing, but there is no question that our pets rely on us to make plans for their care and safety.

In honor of Thursday's National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day, Penn Vet and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region III are teaming up with a number of other animal related organizations for a social media awareness event. Dr. Deborah Mandell, an emergency care professor at Penn Vet and pet adviser to the American Red Cross, will participate in the #Petpared Twitter Chat to help pet families understand what they need to do to prepare for emergencies.

On Thursday, May 8th at 12:30 p.m. EDT, Dr. Mandell will begin taking questions tagged with #petpared on Twitter and tweeting answers on @DebbieMandell1. Penn Vet will retweet on @pennvet. Some of the topics that will be addressed include, developing a family emergency plan, having an emergency supply kit or "go bag," and learning about your risks.

The Twitter chat is part of the larger 2014 Petpared Initiative to increase the number of people who include their pets in planning for emergencies. Other resources to prepare your pet and your family for disasters are available at Ready.gov/caring-animals.

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JoAnna Lou is a New York City-based researcher, writer and agility enthusiast.

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