We've talked about it before, and we'll talk about it again... you need to prepare ahead of time for pets in emergency situations. When you prepare for disasters, be sure to make arrangements for your pets too! In the event that you have to evacuate to a public shelter, keep in mind that for health reasons, some facilities cannot accept pets, so it’s important to prepare them for an alternative shelter. However, service animals are allowed in general population shelters. The Ready Campaign offers the following tips when seeking a pet shelter: • Call your local emergency management office, animal shelter, or animal control office to get advice and information; and • If you’re unable to return to your home right way, you may need to board your pet. Find out the location of boarding facilities and research some outside of your area in case local facilities are closed. Once you’ve found an alternative shelter, follow these tips to keep your pet safe while they are away from you: • Make sure microchips and identification tags are up-to-date and securely fastened to your pet’s collar. If possible, attach the address and phone number of your evacuation site; • Take a current photo with your pet for identification purposes; and • Pack a “pet survival kit