Emergency and Disaster Pet Preparedness

Get Prepared

Identify the emergencies or natural disasters that could occur in your area. Are they hurricanes? flooding? Tornadoes? Wildfire? Earthquakes? Power outages? Knowing what you might be preparing for will help you build your disaster plan.
  • Keep your pet's vaccinations up-to-date.
  • Know where your pet can go, whether it's a friend or family member's home, pet friendly hotel, animal shelter or boarding facility.
  • Place your contact information, including the name of an out-of-state contact, on your pet's ID tag. microchip registration, and licenses.
  • Prepare an emergency kit.

Pet Preparedness Kit - Here's What You'll Need

  • Your pet's medications and medical records. a written description of your pet, and a photo of you with your pet. Secure all these in a waterproof container.
  • A first-aid kit.
  • Leashes or harnesses sturdy enollgh to allow you to control your pet if he is stressed.
  • Pet carriers or crates that are large enough for your pet to comfortably stand, turn around and lie down in. Your pet may have to stay in the carrier for hours at a time. Include blankets or towels for bedding and warmth.
  • Food (pop-top cans or fresh dry food) and water for at least three days for each pet; bowls; and if you have a cat, include cat litter and a litter box. (An aluminum turkey baking pan works well as a disposable litter box.)
  • Information on feeding schedules, medical conditions. behavjor problems, and the name and number of your veterinarian, in case YOll subsequent I)' have to evacuate and need to board your pet or place him in foster care or an emergency shelter.
  • Pet beds and toys to reduce stress.

What will you do if you can't leave your home?

  • Plan to bring your pet Lnside early in an impending emergency or disaster. A crisis situation can cause stress for both you and your pet. Your pet can become disoriented and wander away from home.
  • Determine in advance which rooms in your home arc "safe." These should be areas that offer protection from broken windows, floodwater or flying debris, and that can be easily cleaned.
  • Ensure that your safe areas have fresh water during the emergency.
  • Be sure you can control your animal at all times - dogs should be on leashes and cats in carriers.
  • Make sure that your pet is wearing updated identification in case he gets loose. Put a cell phone number or other "out of area" contact number on your pet in case your home phone is not working after the crisis.
  • Keep your pet with you and crate him if he appears stressed.
  • Keep your Pet Preparedness Kit with you and your pet.
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