When it happens, don't be caught unprepared.
Its so easy to get overwhelmed when there is an emergency. By informing yourself and making a plan beforehand, you are more likely to keep your mind on the things that matter and get everyone to safety.
Every home should have a Pet Emergency Go Bag.
Do you have enough supplies on hand? You should have at least a week's worth of hay, pellets, water, and treats set aside in your bag. Also, have a throwaway litterbox and bedding, water bowl, and a few chew toys.
Do you have medications needed? If your pet is on meds, then you should keep their medicines in a place you can easily grab it to put in the go bag.
Do you have a Pet First Aid kit? For a rabbit, you should have supplies for common ailments such as GI Stasis.
Do you have copies of important documents? Vet records, Medical History, Emergency Contacts, and proof of ownership are all essential. For proof of ownership, include a photo of the animal with your family as well as a written description of your rabbit(s). Also include feeding/ medical instructions.
If evacuation is necessary, you will want to ensure everyone in the family already knows what to expect. Make a plan and practice that plan. Do you have a pet-friendly place to go? Is there a boarding facility or friend/family member who can take care of your pet during the emergency? Make sure you set up a meet-up place. One close to your home and one further away where everyone knows to meet.
If you are not home, do you have a friend, family member, or neighbor that might be able to help care for your rabbit? Make sure they know where the supplies are and how to care for your rabbit during such an occasion.
Place signage on your windows and doors both front and back to notify neighbors and emergency responders there are animals on the property. Have a list of where the animals are located in the house which will help save time for rescue.
After the disaster
First thing is to determine whether your rabbit is in need of any medical care. Contact a bunny-savvy Vet or ER if you see any injuries or signs of illness. If not, then give them space, time, and quiet to help them destress from the whole ordeal. Make sure their living area hasn't been disturbed prior to placing them back in their territory. Lastly, give them lots of love and attention after they have destressed.
What to do if your rabbit is missing?
Contact your local animal control, veterinary locations, and let your neighbors know. Check lost/found pages. Reach out to animal control and shelters daily.
If your rabbit is microchipped, make sure your information is updated with the chip manufacturer. That way, if your bunny is found, they will have your contact information and be able to get your bun home fast!