Emergency Preparedness for Pets

Pets are part of the family, you must plan for them in an emergency

​Pets can be planned for almost the same as people.  Consider the following steps when planning for your pet:

​Ste​​​p​​ 1: Have an evacuati​on ​plan for your pet.

​​Step 2: Develop a buddy system.  plan with neighbors, friends or relatives to make sure someone is available to care for or evacuate your pets if you cannot do so.

​​Step 3: Microchip your pet.  Make sure your address is updated and include contact information for a contact outside of your immediate area.

​​Step 4: Make sure your pets' vaccines are updated

Step 5: Create a kit​ for your pet​​

Large ​Animal Preparedness

If you have animals such as horses, goats, llamas or pigs on your property, be sure to prepare before a disaster.  

In addition to the items above consider:

  • ​Ensure animals have a form of identification (ear tag, collar, etc.)
  • Evacuate animals earlier.  Map out primary and secondary routes in advance
  • Have vehicles and trailers for transporting and supporting animals
  • Have experienced handlers and drivers for animals
  • Ensure destination has food, water, veterinary care and handling equipment
  • If evaucation is not possible, animal owners must decide whether to move animals to a barn or turn them loose outside