It’s important to plan for how your family - both humans and animals - will safely make it through a disaster situation. When considering housing during an evacuation scenario, be aware that many shelters only allow service animals.
Talk to your local chapter of the American Red Cross to find out about their pet sheltering policy.
Check with family or friends outside the evacuation area.
Supplies: These items should ideally be packed and ready to go at all times.
Leash, collar with ID
Appropriate-sized pet carriers with bedding and toys
Food (in airtight waterproof containers) and water for at least two weeks for each pet
Food, water bowls, manual can opener if needed
Plastic bags for dog waste, litter box and litter for cats
Cleaning supplies for accidents (paper towels, plastic bags, disinfectant)
Medications for at least two weeks, instructions and treats used to give the medications, pharmacy contact for refills
Flea and tick medication and heartworm preventative for 1 month
Photocopied veterinary records (rabies certificate, vaccinations, recent FeLV/FIV test results for cats, prescriptions, etc.)
Registration and microchip information
Recent photos of your pet
Contact information for you and friends or relatives
Boarding instructions, such as feeding schedule, medications, and any known allergies and behavior problems
A pet first aid book and first aid kit
Documents, medications, and food should be stored in waterproof containers