Planning for Pets
Don’t forget to include your pets in your disaster plans. Take them with you if you evacuate. Remember: pets aren’t allowed in public shelters unless they are service animals. So make a list of friends, boarding facilities and vets that could keep your pets in case of emergency.
Your Pet Disaster Kit should include:
- Pet food and treats
- Drinkable water in plastic bottles
- Can opener for canned food
- Pet medications and medical records in a waterproof container
- Sturdy leashes, harnesses and/or carriers so you can move your pets safely and they can’t escape (remember they may be scared and may act different than usual)
- Current photos of your pet in case they get lost
- The name of your veterinarian
- Pet beds and toys, if there is room
Additionally, all your pets should have an identification tag and collar.
Caring for Livestock
If you own livestock or a farm, it’s important to plan for the watering, safety, identification, boarding and transportation of animals in case of emergency. Don’t forget to keep a current list of all animals, including their location and records of vaccinations.