Preparing For Emergencies And Evacuations With Your Pets


You never can be too prepared in an emergency or disaster especially when you have a pet. We not only have to worry for our own safety, but we have to think about the safety of our beloved pets.

Sandy Monterose, director of national outreach at ASPCA, said it is key to plan in advance and know where you will take your pets if there is an emergency evacuation. There should also be a plan for family, friends, or neighbors to look out for your pets if you are not home during a natural disaster.

Steve Dale’s Pet World offers some helpful tips on what to have prepared if an emergency does strike your community:

  • Documentation with your pet’s name, age, breed, and pictures of you and your pet. Personal contact information, where you may be staying, and your veterinarian’s contact information should also be included.
  • A pet carrier for small to medium sized pets
  • Water
  • Extra collar and leash
  • Current vaccination records and any medication that your pet may be taking

For more information and tips, visit Steve Dale’s Pet World.

Photo: Associated Press

3 Responses to “Preparing For Emergencies And Evacuations With Your Pets”

  1. Lynne says:

    I wish we could get rid of comments that aren’t comments….

  2. Buddy & Belle's Dad says:

    Another good item to have in addition to those listed above would be a pet first aid kit. These are available from many sources and one of the best that I have seen is from the American Red Cross. While you hope that you may never have need of one, it is better to have and not need than to need and not have.

  3. Lynn says:

    Several years ago the Laguna [CA] wildfires threatened evacuation. So I thought long and hard about what I would take if I was evacuated. A day later I was and was ever so glad that I had my list ready:

    1. Dog collar AND dog halter and leash.
    2. Dog bed.
    3. Dog meds.
    4. Dog food for 3 days.
    5. Couple six packs of bottled water.
    6. Laptop [all dog records]
    7. Two changes of clothes for me
    8. Couple cheese snacks.
    9. Paintings, photos, and family mementoes [which I stored “just in case” in a box ready to be carried at a moment’s notice.
    10. First aid kit.

    A rule: park your car nose first for quick getaway if necessary.

    We already had a reciprocal arrangement with friends to stay with them or them with us should one of our family’s need to evacuate.

    Yes, we had to evacuate. There was nothing to get frantic about - I already knew what was important and just that small amount of planning made it a lot easier on all concerned. Why people don’t plan ahead is utterly stupid.

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