Pets

Pets are often full-fledged family members, and any family emergency plan must include them to be truly complete. Many shelters will not permit animals (with the exception of registered service animals), so it is especially important that you have a plan for your pets in case of an evacuation.

Remember:
  • Make sure your pets all have licenses and ID tags, microchip if at all possible.
  • Ask local shelters and animal clinics if they provide emergency foster care.
  • Arrange with neighbors to care for your pets if an emergency occurs while you are away from your home and cannot return.
  • Know your pets' hiding places so you can find them easily if you need to evacuate.
  • Transport pets in carriers or on leashes during an emergency; this makes them feel more secure.
  • You might want to develop a special "Go Bag" just for your pets - these are some of the items to include: (These items can be placed in a small garbage can with a lid and wheels)
    • Any necessary medication
    • Cat litter and box
    • Contact information for a veterinarian
    • Medical information and records
    • Pet food, water, and bowls
    • Pet toys
    • Plastic bags for clean-up
    • A recent photo of your pet (pets) in case they get lost
    • Sturdy leashes and/or carriers