You may face a number of emergencies or disasters in your lifetime - fire, flooding, wind-storm, ice or snowstorm, power outage, or exposure to hazardous materials, to name just a few. Emergency planning is crucial. The steps you take now to prepare your loved ones and your pets could save their lives. If it isn't safe for you, it isn't safe for your pets.
Should a disaster occur or appear imminent, and if emergency officials recommend that you stay in your home, it is crucial that you keep your pets with you. Always bring them inside at the first sign of danger. Keep your Pet Kit (see below) close at hand. Your pets may become stressed during their in-house confinement, so consider crating them for safety and comfort. Crating your pets may also make it easier if evacuation becomes necessary. Do not evacuate and leave your pets behind in a crate because they will be rendered helpless until you return or until someone else reaches them.
Control & Confinement
- On the carrier and harness, write your pet's name, your name and contact information with a permanent marker; include a picture of your pet
- Extra harness for safety
- Post your pet's behavioral or medical issues on the carrier and harness
- Seven (7) days worth of pet food in a plastic, airtight container
- Consider purchasing collapsible water and food dishes at your local pet supply store for easier travel
- Store seven (7) days worth of drinking water for each pet
- Before impending disruption in water service, fill tubs and sinks with potable water
- A week's worth of litter
- Cage liner and/or bedding for your pet
- Garbage bags (for clean-up)
First Aid Kit
- Ask your veterinarian for recommendations about what to include in your pet's first aid kit
- Prepackaged first aid kits and manuals are available at pet supply stores
Medical Records & Photographs
- Keep a copy of your pet's medical records, feeding and medication requirements, and a recent photo of your family with your pet in a zip-lock bag
- Dogs: long leash, blanket, yard stake, toys, chew toys, newspaper
- Cats: pillow case or "EvackSack," harness, leash, blanket, toys, small litter pan
Cats, dogs and other large pets should wear identification. Collar, tags, microchips and tattoos are forms of identification that will increase the chances of your pet's safe return home should they become separated from you.