What should I do to protect my pet before a disaster?

If you are like millions of animal owners nationwide, your pet is an important member of your household. Unfortunately, animals are also affected by disaster. The likelihood that you and your animals will survive an emergency such as a fire or flood, tornado or terrorist attack depends largely on emergency planning done today.

Some of the things you can do to prepare for the unexpected, such as assembling an animal emergency supply kit and developing a pet care buddy system, are the same for any emergency. Whether you decide to stay put in an emergency or evacuate to a safer location, you will need to make plans in advance for your pets. Keep in mind that what's best for you is typically what's best for your animals.

If you evacuate your home, DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PETS BEHIND! Pets most likely cannot survive on their own and if by some remote chance they do, you may not be able to find them when you return.

If you are going to a public shelter, it is important to understand that animals may not be allowed inside. Plan in advance for shelter alternatives that will work for both you and your pets; consider loved ones or friends outside of your immediate area who would be willing to host you and your pets in an emergency.

Make a back-up emergency plan in case you can't care for your animals yourself. Develop a buddy system with neighbors, friends and relatives to make sure that someone is available to care for or evacuate your pets if you are unable to do so. Be prepared to improvise and use what you have on hand to make it on your own for at least three days, maybe longer.

Use the Pet Owners Brochure and the Pet Instructional Video below to help you create an emergency plan and kit for your pet.

Source: http://www.ready.gov/animals

Preparing Makes Sense for Pet Owners

Pet Owners Brochure

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in English and Spanish

For more information about pets in disasters,
visit the link below from FEMA.



Disaster Kit Checklist For Your Pet

[ _____ ] Your written family / pet disaster plan
[ _____ ] Crate / carrier and bedding
[ _____ ] Food, water, manual can opener and dishes
[ _____ ] Plastic bags, paper towels, newspaper
[ _____ ] Cleaning supplies, disinfectants
[ _____ ] Collar, leash, harness
[ _____ ] Muzzle, gauze rolls
[ _____ ] Identification tags
[ _____ ] Current medical and vaccination records
[ _____ ] Extra medications or copies of current prescriptions
[ _____ ] Current photos of you and your pet (s) together
[ _____ ] Pet comfort items:  towels, blankets, toys
[ _____ ] A list of hotels, motels, shelters and boarding kennels that accept pets
[ _____ ] Detailed instructions for animal care and rescue workers
[ _____ ] First aid kit for your pet (s)
[ _____ ] Flashlights, batteries
[ _____ ] Flat tire repair kit
[ _____ ] Out-of-state telephone contact number
[ _____ ] Label all pet supplies with your name, address and telephone number


Click on the links below
for more information

Bay Area DART
Disaster Guide for Pet Owners
Pet Passport Form

AVMA Publication
Saving the Whole Family

ASPCA Web Site
Disaster Preparedness

HSUS Web Site
Disaster Planning for Pets, Family