Planning for Pets

Don’t forget to include your pets in your disaster plans. Take them with you if you evacuate. Remember: pets aren’t allowed in public shelters unless they are service animals. So make a list of friends, boarding facilities and vets that could keep your pets in case of emergency.


Your Pet Disaster Kit should include:

  • Pet food and treats
  • Drinkable water in plastic bottles
  • Can opener for canned food
  • Pet medications and medical records in a waterproof container
  • Sturdy leashes, harnesses and/or carriers so you can move your pets safely and they can’t escape (remember they may be scared and may act different than usual)
  • Current photos of your pet in case they get lost
  • The name of your veterinarian
  • Pet beds and toys, if there is room


Additionally, all your pets should have an identification tag and collar.


Caring for Livestock

If you own livestock or a farm, it’s important to plan for the watering, safety, identification, boarding and transportation of animals in case of emergency. Don’t forget to keep a current list of all animals, including their location and records of vaccinations.