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Emergency Preparedness

We know pets are part of the family too! And being part of a family means keeping your loved ones safe. Consider your pet’s unique needs and incorporate them into your emergency evacuation plan and disaster kit.


Disaster Ready DIY Kits

 What To Include

  • Backpack to keep items stored

  • Paw Wipes

  • First Aid Kit

  • Bottled water

  • Pet shampoo

  • Food enough for 72 hours

  • Backpack to keep items stored

  • Pet and human medication enough for 3 days

  • Hand wipes or sanitizer and mask

  • Water Resistant Zip Bag

  • Homeowner or renters insurance policy

  • Pictures of all pets incase your separated

  • Flashlight and extra batteries

  • Cell phone charger and backup battery

  • Extra Keys - vehicles, safety lock box, mailbox, electric gates, ect.

  • Pets vaccination records - boarding facilities require documentation   

Important Pet Information:

  • Emergency contacts names and numbers

  • Insurance co. name and numbers for auto and home

  • Veterinary Name/Location, Phone Number

  • Medication List

  • Boarding Facilities Near You

  • Groomer Name and Phone Number

  • American Red Cross 800-842-7349

  • Pet Friendly Hotels -   

DIY First Aid Kit

  • Non-stick 4x4 pads

  • Gauze

  • Tape

  • Tweezers

  • Antibiotic ointment

  • Styptic powder 

  • Items to Add Per Pet

  • Pet Food-be sure to label each with the expiration date and pet’s name

  • Pet Medications - enough for 72 hours. Include the pet’s name, the name of the medication, and the expiration date.

 Items To Include For Dogs

  • 2 Collapsible Bowls

  • Slip Lead

  • Toys

  • Poop Bags

  • Pet ID tag           

Items To Include For Cats 

  • 2 Collapsible Bowls

  • Harness & Leash

  • Toys

  • Collapsible Litter Box & Liners

  • Kitty Litter & Scoop

  • Emergency Blanket

  • Pet ID Tag

  • Blanket

  • Paw Wipes

Storing Your Disaster Ready Kit

  • You only may have a few minutes to escape your home. Keep your disaster kit where it is easily accessible as you exit your home. 

  • Entryway - a coat closet, under a bench, or by a coat rack

  • Inside a pet carrier by the front door

Maintaining Your Disaster Ready Kit

  • Review items 1-2 times a year

  • Check food and medication expiration dates 

  • Add items for new family pets

  • Replace used items


Evacuation Tips

Evacuating with your pet during an emergency can be stressful; however, preparing a plan and anticipating your pet’s needs can save you time during an evacuation.

  • Find out which motels and hotels are pet friendly in your area in advance of needing one.

Visit for more information.

  • Crate training your pet will make it less stressful on you and your pet when an emergency arises. Whether you plan to stay in a public shelter, with a friend or family member, or in a hotel, having your pet’s carrier or kennel available provides a safe and comfortable space for your pet. 


Other types of animals:

  • When transporting birds, use small and secured carriers. Transfer your bird to a standard cage upon arrival at the evacuation site. Covering the cage may reduce stress. 

  • If you need to transport a reptile, use a pillowcase, cloth sack, or small transport carrier. When you arrive at the evacuation site, transfer your pet to an enclosure they cannot escape. 

  • Use watertight plastic bags to transport amphibians. Make sure to monitor water and air temperature. Take an extra container of water in case your pet's container breaks or leaks.  

  • Rabbits are very sensitive to the heat; temperatures over 80 degrees can put them at risk of heat stroke. Keeping them cool and hydrated are key factors.


Fire Escape Plan

Do you have a fire escape plan for you and your pets?


Fire Escape Plan and Safety Tips

Planning, preparation, and practice help you and your pets—get out of your home quickly in a fire.

Practice your home fire escape plan twice each year. In addition:

  • Find two ways out of each room if the primary exit is blocked by fire or smoke.

  • Ensure windows are not stuck, screens are easy to remove, and security bars can be easily opened.

  • Sleep with your bedroom door closed.

  • Keep a fire extinguisher in your kitchen.


What to do During a Fire

  • Before opening a door, feel the doorknob and door. If either is hot or there is smoke coming around the door, leave the door closed and use your second way out. 

  • If you open a door, open it slowly. Be ready to shut it quickly if heavy smoke or fire is present. 

  • If you can’t get to someone needing assistance, leave the home and call 9-1-1 or the fire department. Tell the emergency operator where the person is located.

  • If pets are trapped inside your home, tell firefighters right away.


What to do After a Fire

  • Contact The Red Cross or your local disaster relief service for temporary housing, food, or medicines.

  • Check with the fire department to ensure your residence is safe to enter.

  • Conduct an inventory of damaged property and items before you throw anything away.

  • Save receipts for any money you spend related to fire loss. Your insurance company may need them later to verify claims.

  • Notify your mortgage company of the fire.

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