Taking Care of Pets During a Disaster
Make sure your hurricane disaster plan includes the family pet. During a catastrophe, they are unlikely to survive on their own.
Not planning could mean you and your family must scramble to find shelters that accept pets. Please take a moment to read these helpful tips on creating a disaster plan for your pet to ensure every family member is protected.
Take Your Pets During An Evacuation
- Be prepared to leave early; do not wait for an official evacuation as you might be ordered to leave your pets behind.
- Keep pets on leashes or in carriers at all times. Birds should be transported in a secure travel cage or carrier.
- Make sure your pet is wearing up-to-date identification. Include the phone number of a friend or relative outside your area in case your pet gets lost, and you cannot be reached. Also, mark the crate or carrier with similar information.
Make a Disaster Kit for Your Pets
- Medication and medical records (including proof of rabies vaccination) in a waterproof container; pet shelters may require proof of vaccines.
- Pet first aid kit, leashes, harnesses, crates, and carriers for transporting pets.
- A muzzle, if your pet requires one.
- At least three days of food and water.
- Cat litter and litter box.
- Recent photo of you and your pet in case you become separated.
- Name and phone number of your veterinarian.
- If you have pet insurance, the insurance company's contact information, and policy number.