Pet Preparedness

The likelihood that you and your animals will survive in an emergency such as a fire, flood, tornado, earthquake, or terrorist attack depends largely on emergency planning done today. Whether you decide to stay put in an emergency or evacuate to a safer location, you will need to make plans in advance for your pets. 

                                               Preparing Your Pet for Emergencies


Just as you would do with your family’s emergency supply kit, think about the basics for survival, particularly food and water. Consider three kits. In one, put everything you and your pets will need to stay where you are. Make one lightweight, smaller version you can take if you and your pets have to evacuate. Also have a kit for your pets, should you have to leave them behind.Remember most evacuation shelters may not allow pets. Plan ahead where you can take your pet in case of an emergency evacuation such as a kennel or other family members home.

Each Pet Emergency Supply Kit should include the following items:

  1. Food
  2. Water
  3. Medications
  4. Travel Carrier
  5. Identification
  6. Additional Supplies

Store at least a three day supply in an airtight, waterproof container.em-pets

        Preparing Your Large Outdoor Pets and Animals


If you have large animals such as horses, cattle, sheep, goats or pigs on your property, be sure to prepare before a disaster.

  • Ensure all animals have some form of identification.
  • Evacuate animals whenever possible. Map out primary and secondary routes in advance.
  • Make available vehicles and trailers needed for transporting and supporting each type of animal. Also make available experienced handlers and drivers.
  • Ensure destinations have food, water, veterinary care and handling equipment.
  • If evacuation is not possible, animal owners must decide whether to move large animals to shelter or turn them outside.