you are like millions of animal owners nationwide, your pet is an important member
of your household. Unfortunately, animals are also affected by disaster.
The likelihood that you and your animals will survive an emergency such as a fire
or flood, tornado or terrorist attack depends largely on emergency planning done
today. Some of the things you can do to prepare for the unexpected, such as assembling
an animal emergency supply kit and developing a pet care buddy system, are the same
for any emergency. Whether you decide to stay put in an emergency or evacuate to
a safer location, you will need to make plans in advance for your pets. Keep in
mind that what's best for you is typically what's best for your animals.
If you evacuate your home, DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PETS BEHIND!
Pets most likely cannot survive on their own and if by some remote chance they do,
you may not be able to find them when you return.
If you are going to a public shelter, it is important to understand that animals
may not be allowed inside. Plan in advance for shelter alternatives that will work
for both you and your pets; consider loved ones or friends outside of your immediate
area who would be willing to host you and your pets in an emergency.
Make a back-up emergency plan in case you can't care for your animals yourself.
Develop a buddy system with neighbors, friends and relatives to make sure that someone
is available to care for or evacuate your pets if you are unable to do so. Be prepared
to improvise and use what you have on hand to make it on your own for at least three
days, maybe longer.
Pet Owners Emergency Planning and the Pet Instructional Video to help you create an
emergency plan and kit for your pet.
For additional information, please contact the Humane Society of the United States.