Include your pets in your Household Emergency Plan. If you must evacuate, you should evacuate your pets, too – it’s not safe to leave them behind.
Service animals as well as pets are allowed in certain shelters. Plan for your pets’ safety now, before an emergency.
Pet Emergency Planning Tips:
- Ask friends or relatives outside your area if you and your pets can stay with them in an emergency. Also, ask a neighbor, friend or family member if they will look after your pet if you cannot return home due to an emergency.
- See if your veterinarian, groomer or local animal shelter can provide emergency shelter for your pets.
- Know your pets’ hiding places so that you can easily find them in times of stress.
- Make sure each pet has a license and ID tag, and current vaccinations.
Put Together a Pet Emergency Kit:
- A three-day supply of water, food and containers, non-spill bowls, and a can opener
- Sturdy leashes, harnesses and carriers/cages to transport pets safely and ensure that they cannot escape
- Information on feeding schedules, medical conditions, veterinarian’s phone number, proof of vaccination, pet license numbers, and microchip numbers
- Medication for your pet (if needed)
- Plastic bags, paper towels, and wipes for clean-up
- Photos of your pet