Make a PlanCaring for Animals
If you are like millions of animal owners nationwide, your pet is an important member of your household. Unfortunately, animals are also affected by disaster. The likelihood that you and your animals will survive an emergency such as a fire or flood, tornado or terrorist attack depends largely on emergency planning done today. Some of the things you can do to prepare for the unexpected, such as assembling an animal emergency supply kit and developing a pet care buddy system, are the same for any emergency. 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. Keep in mind that what’s best for you is typically what’s best for your animals.
If you are going to a public shelter, it is important to understand that animals may not be allowed inside. Plan in advance for shelter alternatives that will work for both you and your pets; consider loved ones or friends outside of your immediate area who would be willing to host you and your pets in an emergency. Make a back-up emergency plan in case you can’t care for your animals yourself. Develop a buddy system with neighbors, friends and relatives to make sure that someone is available to care for or evacuate your pets if you are unable to do so. Be prepared to improvise and use what you have on hand to make it on your own for at least three days, maybe longer. Use the Pet Owners Brochure and the Pet Instructional Video to help you create an emergency plan and kit for your pet.
- The Humane Society of the United States
- American Red Cross – Pet Safety
- Disaster Preparedness for Horses
- Disaster Preparedness for Livestock
- Disaster Preparedness for Pets
- Disaster Preparedness Kit for Pets
- Disaster Preparedness Worksheet
- Pets and Disaster Safety Checklist
- Pets First Aid Guide
- U.C. Davis Site for Horses