When you put together an emergency plan for your family, it is important to also consider your family pets and where they would go in these situations. Planning for pets requires some additional planning, but will ensure that your entire family stays safe in case of a disaster.
The most important thing you can do for your pet’s safety is to be sure his identification tags are up to date and that he is always wearing his collar with identification. If your pet is micro-chipped, be sure that all of the information is up to date so you can be found if you are ever separated in an emergency. If you have advance warning, keep your pet with you so that you can find him if you need to evacuate your home or seek shelter in the cellar.
Preparedness in the Home
Be sure to have enough water in your emergency kit for all of your pets and a good supply of their food. Keep these in the cellar or wherever you would go in the case of a tornado or other disaster that keeps you locked down in your home. Keep all of your pets medications and supplies in an easy-to-find place.
Many shelters do not take pets if you are forced to evacuate your home. Your best option is to find pet-friendly hotels or motels outside your immediate area and keep a list of their locations and numbers if you need to make a last-minute reservation with one of them. You can also keep a list of potential boards or a veterinarian outside your immediate area who might be able to keep your pet if you had to leave. People with relatives in a good location can also consider making plans to stay with them or to leave their pets in their care in an emergency.