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Emergency Plans for Your Pet(s)
« on: February 08, 2009, 01:21:55 AM »

Post emergency - including both your regular vet and local emergency vet - phone numbers by each home phone and numbers programed into cell phone.
Have smoke detectors and fire extinguishers in your home.
Have family members learn age appropriate safety measures.
Keep a first aid kit in your home and in your car. Know basic pet first aid and which items in your first aid kit can be safely used on your pet.
Have an out of area family member or friend who can be the common contact person if evacuation is needed or some family members can not get home during an emergency.
Keep copies of important documents in a waterproof container - include your pet's veterinary records and a picture of you and your animal that shows enough detail of your pet to show proof of ownership. An additional picture of the pet alone can be used to assist in locating the pet if it should become lost.
Keep a minimum of 5 days worth of food, water, and medicines in your home for each pet.
Keep a small disaster supply kit in your car which should include an extra leash for each pet. Don't forget to always have a couple of bottles of water and some type of bowl for your pet.


When taking your pet to a Pet-Friendly Shelter (PFS) make sure that you have your own picture ID -- Drivers License is prefered. This assists in the process of ensuring a safe return of the pet to its owner.

There are supplies that you will need to have ready when taking your pet to a pet-friendly evacuation shelter.

Prescription medicines
Species appropriate roomy cage or crate. Remember your pet will be spending most of its evacuation time in this containment.
Collar/harness, leash, or other needed restraint item
Bedding - blanket/towel, newspaper, bedding chips for hamsters, rabbits etc.
Waste bags - owners are required to potty dogs in a restricted area and to clean up solid waste after their pet.
Food for 3-5 days.
Unbreakable or disposable bowl/container for food
Single serving pop-top cans of soft food- there will be no refrigeration available.
Water for 3-5 days.
A change in water may upset your pet's tummy - not a good time for this to happen.
Water supply may go down. First priority will be water for people.
Unbreakable bowl or bottle for water.
Pre-moistened cleaning cloths for sick or soiled pets.
Paper towels
Hand sanitizer
Comb or brush
Nail clippers
Comfort toy if your pet normally has one at home
ID on each pet, include your local contact info and an out-of-area contact.
Pet insurance card if pet is covered under a policy - keep this with you.
TIP - Place food, bowls, bedding, etc. in a plastic tote marked with your name. This will keep all of your pet's personal items clean, organized, and safe.


Make sure all of your dogs and cats have a crate and ARE CRATE TRAINED.
Don't wait until trying to move your pet out of danger or when putting them into a shelter to give a quick learning session with a crate. Have a secure tag attached to each crate with ID info. 
For species appropriate pets consider having them microchipped.
Have a picture of you and your pet for ID purposes.
Have your pet up to date on required shots or in certain cases their titers. 
Have a copy of their medical records including documentation from the vet with your emergency kit. 
If evacuating with your pet, make sure that you take along enough food and water for the pet for a minimum of 3-5 days. 
Take any Meds that your pet will need during an evacuation. 
Have clean up supplies: paper towels, trash bags
If the pet has a favorite comfort toy take that along
« Last Edit: October 10, 2009, 05:18:24 AM by Ilghaus »
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Re: Emergency Plans for Your Pet(s)
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2009, 05:21:06 AM »
Download the PDF Family Emergency Plan by Ready America, FEMA and keep in a safe handy location.

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Re: Emergency Plans for Your Pet(s)
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2009, 05:24:43 AM »
Hurricane Watch Checklist

When you hear that a hurricane watch has been posted for your area, it means that hurricane conditions pose a possible threat to your area within 36 hours.

Frequently monitor your local AM/FM radio stations, the TV weather reports covering your area, NOAA Weather Radio, and your local newspaper for updates.
Complete preparations and go over checklist one last time. Many of the following items should have been done before the start of Hurricane Season.

---- Top off your car gas tank

---- Recharge batteries for cell phones, cameras, small hand tools, and flashlights

---- Trim any recently broken tree limbs (A major yard cleaning should be done at the beginning of every hurricane season.)

---- Repair mobile home tie downs and skirting

---- Cover all windows with shutters or plywood

---- Know the location of your home's cut off switches and valves for the electricity, water, and gas

---- Stock up on extra batteries for radios and flashlights if not already done so

---- Purchase or make bags of ice and fill empty spaces in freezers

---- Check food and water supplies

---- Stock up on canned food and have a manual can opener

---- Stock up on canned pet food

---- Stock up on first aid supplies

---- Have on hand a minimum of 5 gallons of drinking & cooking water per person

---- Have on hand drinking water for all pets (amounts determined on size and type of pet)

---- If possible purchase a camping stove and fuel supply -- never use indoors or near exterior of home

---- Keep several coolers with frozen gel packs handy for packing refrigerated items

---- Check prescription medicines -- obtain at least 10-14 days supply. Don't forget pet meds.

---- Prepare to store and secure outdoor lawn furniture, garden equipment, garbage cans, dog houses, bikes, and any other object that can be picked up and moved by strong winds.

---- Have on hand an extra supply of cash and copies of medical records. Have a copy of pet's vet records. Store all important papers in water proof pouch.

---- Review your evacuation plan with family members

---- Inform out of area friends and family members where you will be going if you must evacuate

---- Be prepared to load all family members, pets, and needed supplies into a vehicle to evacuate if it becomes necessary

---- Know your county evacuation routes

---- Know what supplies you will need to take to an Emergency Shelter if you must evacuate

---- Know which shelters allow pets and what they require

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