Disaster and Emergency Response


Washoe County plans and prepares for 13 different types of hazards that range from earthquakes to wildfires.  Regional Animal Services wants you to be prepared for an emergency by preparing in advance.  The best way to protect your family pets is to incorporate them into your disaster plan.  Depending on the nature of the emergency, you may need to evacuate your home so WCRAS recommends preparing a “Go Kit” for your pet.  Learn more about preparing your household and your pets for an emergency at  www.ready.gov/animals

WCRAS is prepared to respond to most disasters within our area.  WCRAS staff is trained to protect the health and safety of the public and to provide care and shelter for evacuated animals.   Staff practice regular mock emergency drills to prepare for a variety of circumstances that may arise during these critical times. The department is equipped with two self-contained animal sheltering trailers, two mobile units containing equipment that can be set up to shelter up to 150 dogs and cats and up to 75 large hoof stock. These capacity numbers vary depending on the location capacity. The department also has livestock trailers and emergency sheltering locations set up for large animal evacuation and sheltering. 

Emergency Preparedness Resources:

RAS Disaster tips for cat and dog owners
RAS disaster tips for horse owners
Washoe County Regional Emergency Center Preparedness Tips
Division of Emergency Management – Homeland Security