# Department of Mathematics and Science Taking Care of Pets During Natural Disasters Grade 5 - Quarter 4: 05/19-06/05 Dr. Millard Lightburn, District Supervisor.

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Department of Mathematics and Science Taking Care of Pets During Natural Disasters Grade 5 - Quarter 4: 05/19-06/05 Dr. Millard Lightburn, District Supervisor Keisha Kidd, Curriculum Support Specialist Mary Tweedy, Curriculum Support Specialist

Department of Mathematics and Science Benchmarks Science Big Idea 7: Earth Systems and Patterns – Natural Disaster Plans SC.5.E.7.7 Design a family preparedness plan for natural disasters and identify the reasons for having such a plan. Writing LAFS.5.W.1.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly. LAFS.5.W.1.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences. LAFS.5.W.2.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

Department of Mathematics and Science Lesson Objectives By the end of this lesson, students should be able to: Identify the basic needs of pets during natural disasters. Understand that pets need to be protected like humans during natural disasters. Recognize that pets need special arrangements during natural disasters. Identify the different options for pets during natural disasters. Understand the need for a family preparedness plan before a natural disaster strikes. Key Vocabulary: natural disaster, survival, shelter, basic needs, preparedness, protect, emergency

Department of Mathematics and Science Lesson Essential Questions: What are basic needs for pets during natural disasters? What is a family preparedness plan? Why is it important to design a family preparedness plan before a natural disaster strikes?

Department of Mathematics and Science It’s as easy as 1-2-3 Step 1: Prepare Step 2: Plan Step 3: Stay Informed

Department of Mathematics and Science Step One: Prepare (video link from FEMA)Prepare Tornado Fire Flood Hurricane Severe Thunderstorm

Department of Mathematics and Science Pet Emergency Survival Kit – Food – Water – Medicines and medical records – First aid kit – Collar with ID tag, harness or leash – Crate or other pet carrier – Sanitation

Department of Mathematics and Science Food Amount recommended: at least for 5 days per pet Store pet foods in sturdy containers that can be easy to carry. Any dry pet food should be stored in air tight containers and refreshed every 6 months.

Department of Mathematics and Science Water Amount recommended: at least for 5 days per pet Store an additional gallon of water in case of exposure to chemicals or flood waters and needs to be rinsed.

Department of Mathematics and Science Medicines and Medical Records Keep an extra supply of medicines your pet takes on a regular basis in a waterproof container.

Department of Mathematics and Science First Aid Kit Talk to your veterinarian about what is most appropriate for your pet’s emergency medical needs. Most kits should include cotton bandage rolls, bandage tape and scissors; antibiotic ointment; flea and tick prevention; latex gloves, isopropyl alcohol and saline solution. Include a pet first aid reference book.

Department of Mathematics and Science Collar with ID Tag, Harness or Leash Make sure that your cat or dog is wearing a collar and identification tag that is up to date and visible at all times. The tag should also include your cellular phone number. Most veterinary doctors will implant a microchip on your cat or dog just under the skin.

Department of Mathematics and Science Crate or Other Pet Carrier In case of a natural disaster have a sturdy, safe, comfortable crate or carrier ready for transporting your pet. The carrier should be large enough for your pet to stand, turn around and lie down. Blankets are recommended, also.

Department of Mathematics and Science Sanitation Include pet litter and litter box if appropriate, newspapers, paper towels, plastic trash bags and household chlorine bleach to provide for your pet’s sanitation needs. You can use bleach as a disinfectant

Department of Mathematics and Science Step Two: Plan

Department of Mathematics and Science Create a plan to get away Find a safe place to stay ahead of time. – Call the Local Office of Emergency Management – Contact hotels and motels find a pet-friendly hotel or motel (be sure to ask) – Make arrangements with friends or relatives – Consider a kennel or veterinarian’s office – As a last resort, ask your local animal shelter.

Department of Mathematics and Science Don’t forget to pack Current photos of you and your pets with descriptions to help identify your pet. Pet beds and toys can reduce stress. Written information about your pet: – Feeding schedules – Medical conditions – Behavior issues

Department of Mathematics and Science Step Three: Stay Informed Local news, State & Government authorities Evacuate early upon warning (DO NOT wait for a mandatory evacuation)

Department of Mathematics and Science Keep taking care even after the disaster If it isn’t safe for you, it isn’t safe for your pet. Don’t allow your pets to roam loose. While you assess the damage, keep dogs on leashes and cats in carriers inside the house. Be patient with you pets after a disaster.

Department of Mathematics and Science Be ready for everyday emergencies Heat waves Never leave your pets in a parked car. Watch the humidity. Don’t rely on a fan. Provide lots of shade and water. Limit exercise on hot days. Look for signs of heatstroke. Treat suspected heatstroke immediately.

Department of Mathematics and Science How can you take care of your pet before a natural disaster? -Design a family preparedness plan which includes your pet. How can you take care of your pet during a natural disaster? -Make sure your pet is safe and comfortable (crate, carrier, blanket and toys). How can you take care of your pet after a natural disaster? -Keep you pet on a leash or in a carrier until you know it is safe. Complete: “Pet Care During Disaster” Writing Activity Page 5

Department of Mathematics and Science Turn to page 6. Place true or false in the first blank space and write page number and section where evidence was found. Use information from the video, text, and powerpoint to gather evidence and determine whether the statement is true or false.

Department of Mathematics and Science Assignment: Write a scientific explanation that answers this question: How can pets be protected during natural disasters? Claim (Write a sentence that states how pets are protected during natural disasters.) Evidence: (Provide data about how pets can be protected during natural disasters include quantitative data to support your claim.) Reasoning: (Write a statement that connects your evidence to your claim about how pets can be protected during natural disasters.) CER Student Worksheet CER Student Worksheet

Department of Mathematics and Science Make a back-up emergency plan in case you can’t care for your animals yourself. Develop a buddy system with neighbors, friends and relatives to make sure that someone is available to care for or evacuate your pets if you are unable to do so.

Department of Mathematics and Science Your Pet

Department of Mathematics and Science http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/animal_rescue/tips/pets-disaster.html Disaster Preparedness Brochure: http://www.ready.gov/caring-animals http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/pdfs/disaster/disaster_preparedness_pe ts.pdf Are you interested in having pet in your classroom? Visit Pets in the Classroom Website Go to: http://www.petsintheclassroom.org/teachers/http://www.petsintheclassroom.org/teachers/

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