Make a Plan
In case of disaster, having a plan in place for your family and your pets will reduce stress and worries if you have to decide during an emergency or mandatory evacuation. If officials ask you to evacuate, that means your pet should evacuate too. If you leave your pets behind, they may end up lost, injured, or worse.
Things to include in your plan:
- Have an evacuation plan for your pet. Many public shelters and hotels do not allow pets. Know a safe place to take your pets before disasters and emergencies happen.
- Develop a buddy system. In the event of an emergency, have a plan with neighbors, friends, or relatives to ensure that someone can care for or evacuate your pets if you cannot do so.
- Have your pet microchipped. Be sure to keep your address and phone number up-to-date and include contact information for an emergency contact outside of your immediate area.
- Contact your local emergency management office, animal shelter, or animal control office to get additional advice and information on how to care for your pet in case of an emergency.
For more disaster preparedness information, visit: ready.gov