Animal Disaster Plan

When it comes to emergencies, animals, whether they are house pets, service animals or livestock, have often been overlooked by emergency planners and the general public.

I.D. tags and Licenses

Make sure your service animals and pets have I.D. tags with both your home telephone number and that of your primary out-of-town contact person. Make sure your animals' licenses are current.

Animal Care

Plan how your pets will be cared for if you have to evacuate. Pets, in contrast to service animals, are usually NOT allowed in emergency shelters due to health regulations, so have some animal shelters identified! Ask your veterinarian for guidance.

Establish relationships with other animal owners in your neighborhood, so that in case you cannot reach home, there will be someone to help your animal.

Alternate Mobility Cues

Pets and service animals may become confused, panicked, frightened or disoriented in and after a disaster. Keep them confined or securely leashed or harnessed. A leash/harness is an important item for managing a nervous or upset animal. Be prepared to use alternative ways to negotiate your environment.

Animal Survival Kit

Pack supplies in a pack that your animal can carry in case you need to evacuate. This kit should include: bowl for water and food, food for seven days, blanket for bedding, plastic bags and paper towels for disposing of feces, a favorite toy, and extra harness.