Pets & Disasters

Pets are members of the family, too, and just like the rest of you, your pet needs to be ready for emergencies. Follow the tips below to make sure your favorite dog or cat or bird (or whatever!) is prepared!

Pet Disaster Kit

A Pet Disaster Kit should include:
  • Pet food and treats
  • Drinkable water in plastic bottles
  • Non-electric can opener (if your pet eats canned food)
  • Pet medications and medical records (in a waterproof container)
  • Leashes, harnesses and/or carriers
  • A current photo of your pet (in case they get lost)
  • The name and phone number of your pet's vet
  • Pet bed and toys (if you have room)
  • Pet's collar and identification tag (make sure they are wearing them!)

Other Ways to Prepare

Other ways to prepare your pet:
  • Make a list of "pet friendly" hotels or motels in your area - keep this with your Disaster Kit.
  • Make a list of local boarding facilities or vets' offices that can give your pet shelter during an emergency - keep this with your Disaster Kit as well!
  • If you know bad weather or other emergencies are headed your way (Tornado Warnings, Severe Storm Warnings), keep your pets indoors so you don't have to go looking for them when it's time to seek shelter or evacuate!
For more information on Pets and Disasters, visit the FEMA website.