Pet Preparedness

For many households, pets are part of the family. Keep your pet safe by preparing BEFORE disaster strikes.

Prepare a Pet Preparedness Kit:

  • Food and Water- Keep at least three days of food in an airtight, waterproof container. Store at least three days of water specifically for your pets.
  • Medicines and Medical Records- Keep an extra supply of medicines your pet takes in a waterproof container. Place copies of your pet’s registration information, adoption papers, vaccination documents and medical records in a clean plastic bag or waterproof container
  • First Aid Kit – Include cotton bandage rolls, bandage tape, scissors, antibiotic ointment, flea and tick prevention, latex gloves, Isopropyl alcohol and saline solution.
  • Collar with ID Tag, Harness or Leash – Your pet should wear a collar with its rabies tag and identification at all times. Include a backup leash, collar and ID tag in your pet’s emergency supply kit. Consider permanent identification such as microchipping in case your pet gets lost.
  • Pet carrier – If you need to evacuate in an emergency situation, take your pets and animals with you, provided that it is practical to do so. Have a sturdy, safe, comfortable crate or carrier ready for transporting your pet.
  • Sanitation – Include pet litter and litter box if appropriate, newspapers, paper towels, plastic trash bags and household chlorine bleach to provide for your pet’s sanitation needs. You can use bleach as a disinfectant (dilute nine parts water to one part bleach), or in an emergency you can also use it to purify water. Use 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented or color safe bleaches, or those with added cleaners.
  • A Picture of You and Your Pet Together- If you become separated from your pet during an emergency, a picture of you and your pet together will help you document ownership and allow others to assist you in identifying your pet. Include detailed information about species, breed, age, sex, color and distinguishing characteristics.
  • Familiar Items- Put favorite toys, treats or bedding in your kit. Familiar items can help reduce stress for your pet.


Create an Evacuation Plan:

  • Plan how you will gather your pets and have a plan for where you will go during an emergency. If you must evacuate, take your pets with you if practical. If you go to a public shelter, keep in mind your animals may not be allowed inside. Secure appropriate lodging in advance depending on the number and type of animals in your care.
  • Find pet friendly hotels along your evacuation route.

Develop a “Buddy System”

  • Plan with neighbors, friends or relatives to make sure that someone is available to care for or evacuate your pets if you are unable to do so. Talk with your pet care buddy about your evacuation plans and show them where you keep your pet’s emergency supply kit. Also designate specific locations, one in your neighborhood and another farther away, where you will meet in an emergency.

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