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 If there’s ever a natural disaster or situation requiring evacuation in the area where you live, you’ll want to be ready to keep not only yourself safe, but your pets, too. You’ll want to think about how to be prepared for three types of disasters:


· Immediate, such as a gas leak or house fire, when evacuation is necessary right away


· Short warning, such as a toxic spill or fire in the neighborhood, when you have to grab

   your pets and a few supplies and leave within a short period of time


· Seasonal disaster, such as hurricanes, floods or forest fires, when you’ll need a plan for

   gathering your pets, packing up supplies and evacuating


Please be aware that your pets behavior during and after an emergency evacuation may be different from the normal daily behavior you know and expect. Pets may panic as the danger nears and become lost before they are safely evacuated. If you do end up in the middle of a disaster, bring your pets inside and keep them inside. Block off rooms in your house to keep all your pets in one area, so if you need to evacuate, you can get your pets into their carriers quickly. Remember, too, that one of the most important things you can do to help your pets during an emergency is to stay calm yourself.


Step 1: Get a Rescue Alert Sticker

This sticker will let people know how many pets are inside your home.  Make sure it is visible to rescue workers and that it includes all types and number of pets inside your home.  If you must evacuate with your pets, and if time allows, write "EVACUATED" across the sticker.  To get a sticker contact your local Veterinary Hospital.

We are currently creating a rescue alert sticker.  They will be available soon!

Step 2: Proper Identification

Make sure all pets wear collars and tags with up to date identification information.  The tag should have name, telephone number and any urgent medical needs.  Microchipping your pet is a more permanent form of identification and information should be kept up to date.  Please refer to our Microchip Scanning page for more details.  Have current photos of you with your pets in case they get lost and can be identified as yours.  


Step 3: Disaster Preparedness Packing Checklist

  • Food and water for one week.  If using canned food pack a can opener and spoon.  
  • First aid/medication.  
  • Animal care supplies.  Including cat litter and box, collar and leash, crate or carrier,  food and water bowls.  Also if available a blanket, toys and treats.  
  • Cleaning supplies.  Paper towels, dish soap and garbage bags.

 Finally, watch out for hazards during the evacuation, such as chemicals on the ground or in floodwater, broken glass, sharp metal, hot surfaces, or downed, exposed electric wires.


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