Pets-tWhen you prepare for disasters, be sure to make arrangements for 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; therefore it’s important to properly prepare them for alternative shelter. Service animals, however, are allowed in general population shelters. The Ready campaign offers the following tips when seeking 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 where boarding facilities are located and research some that are 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 identification tags are up-to-date and securely fastened to your pet’s collar. If possible, attached the address and/or phone number of your evacuation site;
  • Take a current photo of your pet for identification purposes; and
  • Pack a “pet survival kit” that can easily be deployed if a disaster hits. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has a checklist of emergency supplies to include in the kit.
For more information about pet preparedness, check this Ready resource guide, and these excellent articles: