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Preparedness for Pets

In many homes, pets are a part of the family. When disaster strikes it will impact all members of a family – including pets. It’s important to plan ahead and ensure you’ve prepared for your pets just as you would for the other members of your family. Here are some important tips to remember:

Keep supplies handy for your pets. Make sure that everyone in the family knows where it is. This kit should be clearly labeled and easy to carry.

Items to consider keeping in or near your pack include:

  • Pet first-aid kit or guide book (your vet may be a great resource for information)>
  • 3-7 days' worth of canned (pop-top) or dry food (be sure to rotate every two months)
  • Disposable litter trays (aluminum roasting pans work well)
  • Litter or paper toweling
  • Liquid dish soap and disinfectant
  • Disposable garbage bags for clean-up
  • Pet feeding dishes
  • Extra collar or harness as well as an extra leash
  • Photocopies of medical records and a waterproof container with a two-week supply of any medicine your pet requires (Remember, food and medications need to be rotated out of your emergency kit—otherwise they may go bad or become useless.)
  • Bottled water, at least 7 days' worth for each person and pet (store in a cool, dry place and replace every two months)
  • A traveling bag, crate or sturdy carrier, ideally one for each pet
  • Flashlight
  • Blanket (for scooping up a fearful pet)
  • Recent photos of your pets (in case you are separated and need to make "Lost" posters)
  • Especially for cats: Toys, bedding, litter box and scoopable litter
  • Especially for dogs: Extra leash, toys and chew toys, a week's worth of cage liner.
  • Remember that pets may not be allowed in shelters. Make sure your pets have collars with identification tags. If you are being evacuated the location you are being evacuated to should have information on where you can take your pets.