Disaster Preparedness for Pets
Get a pet emergency supply kit
Food: keep at least
Three (3) days of food in
an airtight, waterproof
Water: Store at least several
days of water specifically for
Keep an extra supply of
medicines your pets take
on a regular basis in a waterproof
First Aid Kit: cotton bandage rolls,
bandage tape, scissors, and
antibiotic Ointment, flea/tick
prevention, latex gloves,
isopropyl alcohol, saline solution.
Collar with ID tags, harness, and leash:
Your pet should always have its
rabies tags; as well as owner/pet
information attached to their collar.
Crate or other pet carrier:
Have a sturdy, safe, comfortable
crate ready for transporting
and holding your pet in the event
of an evacuation. The crate should
be large enough for your pet to
stand turn around, and lie down.
Sanitation: include pet litter, litter
box, newspaper, paper towels,
plastic bags or trash bags, cleaning
solution that is pet friendly.
What will you do in an Emergency.
Create a plan to get away
Have a plan on how you will
Gather your pets and where
You will evacuate with them.
Consider friends and family
That would be willing to allow
you to stay with them. Other
options may include: pet friendly
motels, pet boarding facilities,
kennels, and veterinary hospitals.
Plan ahead of time which option
will work best for you, and secure
lodging in advance.
Develop a buddy system
Plan with family, friends, or neighbors
To make sure someone can care and/or
evacuate your pets if you are unable
to do so. Talk with your buddy system
about your evacuation plans and where
you keep your pet’s emergency supply kit.
Designate specific locations where you
Will meet in an emergency.
Talk with your pet’s veterinarian about
Discuss types of things you should include
In your pet’s first aid kit. Get names of vets
Or hospitals in nearby towns or cities. If your Pet is not already microchipped you should talk With your vet about permeant identification.
Make a list of contact information and addresses Of area animal control agencies, animal shelters,and emergency veterinarian hospitals. Keep a copy
Of the list in your pet’s emergency supply kit. Obtain “pets inside” stickers and place them on your home to alert Rescue workers. Make sure to include
your phone number on the sticker.
If you evacuate with your pets’ be sure to
write evacuated on the sticker
Know about different types of Emergencies.
It is important to stay informed about
What might happen and what types of
emergencies are likely to affect your region. You should also know what emergency plans have been established by your state and local government. For more information about how to prepare, visit www.ready.gov or call 1800-BE-READY