Disaster Preparedness

Preparing for Disasters

Prepare a personal disaster plan before it happens; educate your neighbors and family/friends, and then test the plan. You should identify potential sites to move your family and animals should this need to happen and plan on how you would get there. If at all possible, identify a neighbor that is familiar with your pets that could assist in their care if you were not at home or unable to return to your home.

It's a good idea to become familiar with the available community responses by local animal shelters veterinarians, police and fire, and your neighbors. Keep in mind; you may need to provide for your family and animals for a minimum of 7-15 days even in the best of situations. 

Pet Preparedness Guidelines

Food & Water: Store at least a 2 week supply of canned and/or dry pet food (remember to monitor dated shelf-life) and drinking water and rotate as necessary. Under normal conditions, an adult or 90 lb dog needs a minimum of about a gallon of water a day.

Medical information (keep in a zip lock plastic bag): All medications should be identified and labeled with a two week supply.  Special instructions should be inserted in the bag for each individual animal.

Pet Supplies:  

  • Keep collars/leashes, carriers accessible. 
  • Two bowls per animal – unbreakable (one for food and one for water)
  • Manual can opener, metal spoon
  • Blanket/soft bedding
  • Carrier/crate – cover or tarp for weather protection
  • Plastic bags for feces disposal/clean up – Newspapers
  • Litter box and small bag of cat litter
  • Favorite toy
  • Battery operated fan

Documents/Information per animal (keep in a ziplock bag):

  • Rabies vaccination certificate
  • Other vaccination records, DA2PP, FVRCP, etc.
  • Copy of dog license certificate; Microchip number
  • A color photo that was taken within the last year
  • Written description
  • Name, address, phone number of a veterinarian
    *If you have made a pre-designated person to care for your pet, have their contact information readily available and a signed release authorization.

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