Planning for Your Pet's Needs
Planning for a Disaster
- Identify shelter. For public health reasons, many emergency shelters cannot accept pets. Find out which motels and hotels in the area you plan to evacuate to allow pets - well in advance of needing them. There are also a number of guides that list hotels / motels that permit pets and could serve as a starting point. Include your local animal shelter's number in your list of emergency numbers - they might be able to provide information concerning pets during a disaster.
- Take pet food, bottled water, medications, veterinary records, cat litter (and a container), a can opener, food dishes, a first aid kit, and other supplies with you in case they're not available later. While the sun is still shining, consider packing a pet survival kit which could be easily deployed if disaster hits.
- Make sure identification tags are up to date and securely fastened to your pet's collar. If possible, attach the address and/or phone number of your evacuation site. If your pet gets lost, his tag is his ticket home. Make sure you have a current photo of your pet for identification purposes.
- Make sure you have a secure pet carrier, leash, or harness for your pet so that if he panics, he can't escape.
- View Animals in Emergencies for Owners. This video, developed by the FEMA: Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP), is intended to help pet and livestock owners prepare to protect their animals during emergencies.