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
- 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
- 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
- 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