Save Your Pet’s Life in an Emergency Evacuation
Super Storm Sandy, Winter Storm Nemo, Tornados, Wildfires, and Earthquakes…… natural disasters.
We make preparations for these meteorological challenges so that we and our families can be safe and have a plan of action in the event of these occurrences.
But what about pets?
Here are some things to consider BEFORE a natural disaster strikes.
- Most shelters for human evacuees will not permit pets. Local veterinary clinics, boarding kennels and animal shelters might be affected by the disaster, so research clinics, boarding kennels, hotels and friends and relatives BEFORE there is a natural disaster. Be prepared to pay for the services.
- Pets might not be allowed on public transportation, so plan alternate means of transportation with back up.
- Take your pets’ medicines, vaccination and licensing records and current photos. They should be part of any kit you have prepared for yourself and your family.
- Tape an “In Case of Emergency” sticker to the outside of your front door at eye level. This will alert emergency personnel that a pet is in the home.
- Familiarize your pets with carriers, crates, and cages BEFORE disaster strikes. Keep extra leashes with dog crates.
- Contact your community government and find out if the shelters they provide will allow your pet.