It’s important to ensure the safety of all members of the family in disaster, including your pets.
Before an emergency
- Learn where your pet likes to hide in the house when frightened. Finding your pet quickly will help you evacuate faster.
- Make sure your pet can be identified by both a microchip and collar ID tag, with current information. Carry a photo of your pet in case you are separated.
- Locate a shelter for you and your pet. Pets are often not allowed in public shelters, so seek out in advance some alternative locations such as the homes of family and friends, hotels and motels with pet-friendly policies, kennels and veterinary hospitals.
- Have a crate or pet carrier available for transport and safe keeping. This will also prevent your pet from running away if frightened.
- Display a pet rescue decal on your front door or window to tell first responders there is a pet in the household. Include your veterinarian's contact information.
- Including the following pet items when preparing your emergency kit:
- Extra water
- Pet food and medications
- Copy of your pet’s vaccination records
- Photo of you with your pet as proof of ownership
- Litter, pan or newspaper, and plastic bags for sanitation needs
- Leash, collar, and ID tags
- Pet’s favorite toy or familiar items (to reduce stress)
- Develop a support team. Ask a neighbor, friend or relative to look after and evacuate your pet if necessary. Tell them where your emergency kit is located and where to meet during the emergency.
- Prepare a list of emergency contact information including veterinary hospitals and animal control agencies.
During an emergency
- Bring your pets inside during an emergency.
- If you must evacuate without your pet, leave your pet loose inside your home with plenty of food and water. Place a note outside your home with the following information:
- Type of pet and where it is in your home
- Your contact information
- Your vet’s contact information
After an Emergency
- If you leave town, take your pets with you.
- Your pets may be disoriented after the disaster. Give them time to settle down and maintain close contact and monitor them closely.
- Changes in your pet’s behavior are normal after a disaster, if problems persist contact your veterinarian.