For many people, their pets are like their children. They want to protect them at all cost.

Therefore, a good plan to protect your pets in any disaster is vital.

Being prepared before something happens is your first step to a successful outcome.

5 Steps To Pet Preparedness

  1. Pet identification: this can be a tag with your phone number and address on the collar or even a microchip. A microchip is implanted in the animal’s shoulder area, and can be read by scanner at most animal shelters. Many times pets and owners get separated and this can help in their safe return.
  2. Place an easy-to-read sticker for first responder telling them the number and types of pets in the home. You can also include the name and phone number of your vet. You can obtain this sticker from the ASPCA or you can simply make one on your own. Place it in an area that will be seen by first responders such as a front window. If you take your pets from the house, remove the sticker or just write “evacuated” across it so they know they are gone. For a free emergency pet alert sticker go to,
  3. Plan ahead for a place for your pets to stay. If you are evacuated from your home, your pets may need a shelter. Check with your local animal shelter or your veterinarian. Another place to check is a local hotel. See if they allow pets in case you are away from your home for several days. Another possibility is to check with your friends or relatives. They may be willing to take your pets in until you are settled again.
  4. You’ll want a first-aid/supply kit for your pets too. This could include a few days worth of food (if you use can food, don’t forget a can opener), bottled water for a few days, food and water dishes, paper towels, disposable garbage bags, any pet medicine, and a carrier bag or pet crate. (Food, pet medication, and water need to be rotated as they can spoil over time.) Pack a small blanket to wrap a nervous pet and pet photos in case you need to post if the pet gets lost or separated. Pet first-aid kits are available on-line or in your local pet store.
  5. ALWAYS take your pet when told to evacuate your home. If your home is not safe for you, it is not safe for your pet!