Understand the needs of your pets
Things to Do to Plan Your Evacuation: pet and animal survival needs. Familiarize yourself with each type of disaster that your area could be affected by, including a hazardous material spill.
1. Set up an appointment to talk to your veterinarian about a plan of action for your pets and animals needs during disasters.
2. Assemble a pet evacuation kit (see Chapter 2) but always discuss your kit with your veterinarian to verify it is appropriate for your type of pet or animals.
3. Always have a pet first aid kit on hand at home. We have listed several types of first aid kits in this book that will walk you through the basic steps needed to aid your pet and animal until you reach your veterinarian. Or you can purchase an assembled pet or animal first aid kit. If you purchase a pet or animal first aid kit, always check with your veterinarian to verify it is the appropriate kit for your pet or animal.
4. Develop an evacuation plan for all of your pets and animals.
5. Keep written directions to your home near your telephone. This will help you tell emergency responders how to get to your home, if you are in a state of panic, or in need of rescue, or if a person unfamiliar with your area is the only person in your home during a disaster.
6. Have a backup generator to maintain food and medication storage that requires refrigeration.
7. Keep all vehicles well maintained and full of gas.
8. Keep emergency cash on hand. Suggested amount is at least $100.00 in bills and change for ice, fuel, etc.
9. Place notification stickers, like the ones in provided in the
10. It is suggested that you keep a current copy of your pet's medical and shot records.
11. To facilitate a successful rescue, provide muzzles, handling gloves, catch nets and animal restraints where rescue personnel can find them easily. Keep in mind that pets and animals may become irritable and unpredictable when frightened.
12. During a disaster warning mark all of your pet or animal ID tags with a contact phone number.