Animals in Disasters
Disaster Supply Checklist for Pets
Every member of your family should know what he or she needs to take when you evacuate. You also need to prepare supplies for your pet. Stock up on non-perishables well ahead of time, and have everything ready to go at a moment' s notice. Keep everything accessible, stored in sturdy containers (duffel bagws, covered trash containers, etc.) that can be carried easily.
If you reside in an area prone to certain seasonal disasters, such as flooding or hurricanes that might require evacuation, create a kit to keep in your car.
In your pet disaster kit, you should include:
● Food and water for at least five days for each pet, bowls and a manual can opener if you are
packing canned pet food.
● Medications and medical records stored in a waterproof container and a first aid kit. A pet first
aid book is also good to include.
● Cat litter box, litter, garbage bags to collect all pets' waste, and litter scoop.
● Sturdy leashes, harnesses, and carriers to transport pets safely and to ensure that your pets
can't escape. Carriers should be large enough for the animal to stand comfortably, turn around and lie
down. Your pet may have to stay in the carrier for hours at a time while you are away from home. Be
sure to have a secure cage with no loose objects inside it to accommodate smaller pets. These may
require blankets or towels for bedding and warmth, and other special items.
● Current photos and descriptions of your pets to help others identify them in case you and your
pets become separated and to prove that they are yours.
● Pet beds and toys, if you can easily take them, to reduce stress.
● Information about your pets' feeding schedules, medical conditions, behavior problems, and the
name and number of your veterinarian in case you have to board your pets or place them in foster
Other useful items include newspapers, paper towels, plastic trash bags, grooming items and household bleach.
Find a Safe Place Ahead of Time
Because evacuation shelters generally don't accept pets (except for service animals), you must plan
In Case You're Not Home
An evacuation order may come, or a disaster may strike, when you're at work or out of the house.
● Make arrangements well in advance for a trusted neighbor to take your pets and meet you at a
If you use a pet-sitting service, it may be able to help, but discuss the possibility well in advance.
Don't Forget ID
Your pet should be wearing up-to-date identification at all times. This includes adding your current cell phone number to your pet's tag. It may also be a good idea to include the phone number of a friend or relative outside your immediate area if your pet is lost, you'll want to provide a number on the tag that will be answered even if you're out of your home.
When you Evacuate, Take Your Pets With You
The single most important thing you can do to protect your pets is to take them with you when you evacuate. Animals left behind in a disaster can easily be injured, lost or killed. Animals left inside your home can escape through storm-damaged areas, such as broken windows. Animals turned loose to fend for themselves are likely to become victims of exposure, starvation, predators, contaminated food or water, or accidents. Leaving dogs tied or chained outside in a disaster is a death sentence.
If you leave, even if you think you may only be gone for a few hours, take your animals. When you leave, you have no way of knowing how long you'll be kept out of the area, and you may not be able to go back for your pets.
If You Don't Evacuate, Shelter in Place
If your family and pets must wait out a storm or other disaster at home, identify a safe area of your home where you can all stay together. Be sure to close your windows and doors, stay inside, and follow the instructions from your local emergency management office.
● Bring your pets indoors as soon as local authorities say there is an imminent problem. Keep pets
After the Storm
Planning and preparation will help you survive the disaster, but your home may be a very different place afterward, whether you have taken shelter at home or elsewhere.
● Don't allow your pets to roam loose. Familiar landmarks and smells might be gone, and your pet will
11475 FM 1442; Orange, Texas 77630 Phone: (409) 882-7895