Pet Preparedness

If you are one of the millions of pet owners across the country, your pet is an important member of the family household. Your pets’ wellbeing will be enhanced if you plan for their needs during the next emergency to strike your community. 

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 must evacuate, take your pets with you if possible. However, 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.

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 for your pet make it on its your own for at least three days, maybe longer.

Follow these three steps:

    1. Get a kit

    2. Make a plan

    3. Stay informed

Website Will Help Reunite People with Pets after Disaster
 
A link will be posted in the event of a disaster. The creators of EmergencyPetMatcher hope to make pet-and-owner reunifications during and after disasters easier.

Helpful links
Ready.gov - Caring for Animals
ASPCA - Disaster Preparedness
American Red Cross - Your Plan Should Include All Family Members
The Humane Society - Make a Disaster Plan for Your Pets
FEMA - Pet Preparedness: National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day
FEMA - Pet/Service Animal Preparedness
Long Shelf Life Emergency Pet Food Storage