(CBSNEWS.com) – Severe weather disasters like the tornadoes in North Texas and Oklahoma cannot be avoided, but preparations can be made to try to ensure the safety of your family and loved ones in case of an emergency. While we often stock up on supplies for people, sometimes we forget that our pets have items that they too can’t go without.

“Preparedness is peace of mind,” Dr. Heather Case, director of the scientific activities division of the American Veterinary Medical Association, told CBSNews.com. “Obviously it’s too late for Oklahoma victims, but there are lessons that others can learn because we are at the beginning of this (tornado) season. Thinking ahead is certainly helpful.”

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Any pet owner’s emergency kit should contain an adequate supply of water, food and any necessary medications for their pets. Ideally, there should be enough supplies to last two weeks. Treats and toys are also good to have on hand, and water and food bowls, litter pans, cat litter and garbage bags for waste should be included. Also, don’t forget to pack a can opener to open those wet food cans.

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