Disaster Kit | Other things to consider | Don't leave your pet at home | Birds | Fish
There are many things you can do to prepare for a disaster if you have pets. Planning ahead will make evacuation much less stressful on everyone.
Items for your pet disaster kit:
- Two weeks' worth of necessary medication
- Copies of animal's medical records, including rabies vaccintion records (a rabies tag is not sufficient proof of vaccination if you need to stay in a shelter or hotel)
- Leash, collar and ID tag for each animal
- Current photo of each animal, preferably with a family member in the picture
- Pet carrier or kennel that is large enough for the animal to turn around in. Carrier should have identification information attached (animal's name, owner's name, address and phone number, any allergies or behavioral problems)
- Two-week supply of food and can opener
- Potable water
- Cat litter and litter pan
Other things to consider in advance
- Consider permanent identification in case an animal gets separated from you, such as a microchip, tattoo or leg band.
- Plan ahead where you and your pet will stay, ideally a friend of family member’s safe home or a pet friendly hotel.
- Check with your county emergency management to learn if pet-friendly shelters will be available.
Don't leave your pet at home.
- Plan in advance and never leave your pet unattended. After a disaster it is never certain when you will be able to access your home if you evacuate.
- Especially do not leave an animal outside chained to a fence or the house. Animals will be left exposed to the elements, including floodwaters, flying or floating debris, wild animals, etc.