First, schedule an appointment to talk to a veterinarian about planning for a disaster. Ensure vaccinations are up to date and secure a copy of the pet's medical records.
Assemble a "Pet Disaster Kit." The kit and supplies should be stored in an accessible location in the event that someone else has to handle transport for the pet(s). Keep the kit updated and available.
Suggested items include:
1 gallon zipper storage bag to hold the contents
- Sandwich-sized bags for pet treats and a small toy(s)
- Pet health records (each pet should display a current rabies tag at all times)
- Current picture of pet with name, address and phone numbers
- Collar and leash for dogs, and an adjustable collar for cats
- An extra identification tag
- Any special pet information
Be sure to share this plan with others. Have a designated person who can transport pets in the case of an emergency.
If forced to evacuate, pet(s) should NOT be left behind. As the disaster approaches, bring all pets in the house so searching for them won’t be necessary. Pets are not permitted in Red Cross shelters (except for working dogs for people with special needs). Plan to go to a friend or relative's home, or a hotel/motel where pets are welcome.