If your pet is small enough, purchase a travel carrier so that you can easily take him/her with you if an evacuation is ordered.
Make sure that your pet wears a visible identification tag or is microchipped.
Keep pertinent contact information handy... it should include phone numbers for your veterinarian, animal shelters, police and fire departments.
Keep a minimum two-week supply of pet food and water in your residence at all times.
Keep some of your pet’s favorite treats on hand, too, for those times when he or she gets particularly stressed.
Always keep a leash in your vehicle, if you have a dog.
Start a "buddy system"; with a neighbor so they can check on your pet during a disaster, in case you aren't home.
Remember to comfort and reassure your pet during a disaster, as they become frightened, too.
Hey, don’t just stock up those important disaster supplies
for yourself, your spouse and children. Your beloved pets need a
survival kit, too. Here’s a list of what that kit should include:
Pet food (in airtight/waterproof container)
Any pertinent medications
Written instructions for your pet's care
Photo of your pet
If you have a cat, you should also include a small shoebox and a bag of sand for a makeshift litter box
knock at your door The fire department or some other emergency
professional is telling you it’s time to evacuate. In all the confusion
and excitement, don’t forget to provide a safe exit for your pet,
too…whether it’s something as small as a goldfish, as popular as a dog
or cat, or as big as a horse! Your plans should already have been made…
now all that’s left is to get from Point A to Point B. Remember these
If you can't actually take your animals with
you to a friend’s house or a hotel, transport them to your
veterinarian’s boarding facilities or to an accredited pet shelter
Before leaving the house, put your pet in a
carrying case of some kind, if applicable, because animals will often
run off when scared; large animals may have to be transported by trailer
Remember to put your pet's emergency kit, including important medical papers, in the car
Talk soothingly to your pets throughout the ordeal, to calm their nerves.
Remember that government-run human shelters will not allow pets
more knowledge you have about pet care during a disaster, the better the
chance that your pet will survive. Here are some helpful websites that
can provide additional information:
Humane Society of the United States www.humanesociety.org
National Association of Professional Pet Sitters www.petsitters.org
SPCA International www.spcai.org
The National Lost Pet Hotline can offer
valuable assistance as well. To report a missing pet, call the hotline,
at (900) 535-1515. This is a charge call. To report a found animal, call
the toll-free hotline number, at (800) 755-8111.