Emergency - Pet Safety

Have a Plan for you Pets:

Please don't forget to take your pets into consideration when making plans for you and your family.  Our pets do not understand when we go into a panic when faced with a disaster.  They do not know what we have planned so when they sense danger, they create their own plan.  Our job is to keep them safe, secure and calm -- as much as possible.

1.  Start Getting Ready Now

  • ID your pet.  Make sure all cat and dog collars and identification tags are up to date.
  • Put your cell phone number on your pet's tag.
  • Put together their disaster emergency kit
  • Find a safe place to stay ahead of time.  Make sure you find pet-friendly lodgings and have their information close at hand.
  • Make arrangements with friends and/or relatives
  • Consider a kennel or veterinarian's office
  • Check with your local animal shelter if they can provide foster care or shelter in case of an emergency.
  • Plan for your pet in case you're not home at the time of the emergency
  • If you have a pet-sitter, they maybe able to help.

2.  If you evacuate, take your pet

  • Rule #1:  If it isn't safe for you, it isn't safe for your pets
  • Rule #2:  Evacuate early!  Don't wait for a mandatory evacuation order

3.  If you stay home, do it safely

  • Close off or eliminate unsafe nooks and crannies where frightened cats may hide
  • Move dangerous items such as tools or toxic products
  • Bring your pets indoors as soon as local authorities say trouble is on the way
  • If you have a room that can be designated as a "safe room" - put all your emergency supplies in that room in advance.
  • Listen to the radio

4.  After the disaster

  • Don't allow your pets to roam loose - familiar smells may be gone and they can get disorientated
  • While assessing the damage, keep dogs on leashes and cats in carriers inside the house
  • Be patient with your pets
  • Check your home and surrounding area for wild animals who may have sought refuge