Don’t Forget Pets
Preparing for a Disaster
Before the Storm
- Be sure your pet is current on all vaccinations and store these in a water proof container.
- Have a current photograph of your pet (best if taken to include a family member) .
- Have a fully stocked first-aid kit.
- Have an ID microchip implanted between the pet's shoulder blades .
- Have a properly-sized pet carrier for each animal.
- If you plan to board or shelter your pet, work this into your evacuation route planning.
- Stock up on medications and pet food.
If you stay at home
It is important to adequately plan for your pets even if you do not have to evacuate your home during a disaster. Carriers, collars with proper identification and leashes should be maintained for your pets at all times. Frightened animals may not act normally; approach and handle pets with caution.
Your pets will be most comfortable and secure in their carriers in a safe area of your home until the storm has passed. If they are not secured during the storm and your house is damaged, your pets may escape and become disoriented. If your pets become lost, proper identification will help to ensure their return to you.
Remember - if you bring plants indoors before a storm, keep pets away from them. Many plants are poisonous.
Pet Survival Kit
Include the following in your pet survival kit:
- Airline approved crate or carrier, with bedding, large enough for each pet. Should be large enough for pet to stand and turn around.
- Cleaning supplies (newspaper, plastic bags with ties, paper towels, disinfectant)
- Collar with ID tags
- Emergency phone numbers for veterinarian, animal shelters and friends/relatives
- Food and water bowls
- Help your pet adjust to the carrier before the storm by placing it in the carrier along with a treat or toy.
- Manual can opener
- Medical records and current vaccination information (in watertight containers)
- Pet medications and / or first-aid supplies
- Photo of you with your pet (in water tight containers)
- Plastic trash bags to handle waste
- Start with short periods of time; then slowly increase the time.
- Sturdy leash
- Treats and toys
- Two week supply of food (stored in water tight containers)
- Water (at least a 2-week supply)