Don’t Forget Your Pets!

Just like other members of the family, pets need to be part of your disaster plan. If you must evacuate, do you know if pets are allowed where you’re planning to stay? If you’re staying home, what will your pet need if your family must survive with basic necessities after the storm? If you evacuate during a storm make sure the host home, shelter or hotel where you’ll be going accepts your type of pet. Some hotels have emergency policies to take pets in an evacuation. Don’t assume they will always accept your type of pet. Always call in advance to make sure.

Preparation Tips

  • Plan for your pet well in advance if you live in an evacuation area. Write down your plan or create a check list.
  • Take your pet when you evacuate.
  • Know your evacuation route and when you will evacuate.
  • Ask friends or family living outside of evacuation areas if they can keep your pet.
  • Make sure you have a collar and leash for keeping your pet under control.
  • Keep a pet carrier (portable kennel) for each pet – one that allows your pet to stand and turn around. The carrier should be marked with your pet’s identification.
  • Make sure all your pet’s vaccinations are current and have proof available of its current county-issued rabies vaccination.
  • Pack supplies for your pet.
  • If you must use a kennel as a last resort, make sure it is not in an evacuation zone and reserve space as soon as possible. Kennels require proof of vaccinations.

Pet Plan & Supply List

  • Keep current vaccination records.
  • Take a photo of your pet with you.
  • Download your county’s pet identification form, tape it to your pet’s kennel if your pet will be sheltered apart from you.

Things to Pack

  • Identification
  • Immunization records
  • County rabies tag
  • Food & water with bowls (two-week supply)
  • Carrier or portable kennel
  • Muzzle, collar, leash
  • Medications
  • Toys, blanket
  • Cat litter, pan & scoop
  • Plastic waste bags
  • Disinfectant
  • Paper towels

After a storm, stray animals will be collected and taken to temporary collection sites and then transferred to more permanent sites. If you lose your pet, look in the area around your home and call animal services.

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