What if I'm not home when my area is evacuated?
Create a “buddy plan” with nearby relatives, friends or neighbors to help each other with animal evacuation. Make sure your “buddy” has written permission to care for your animals and access to your pet emergency kit and kennels.
If you need assistance with pet evacuation, you may contact the local animal control agency or humane society to request evacuation assistance for your pets as soon as possible.
Place a clearly visible window sticker in your window to indicate the type and number of pets. Make sure to keep this up to date as inaccurate information could endanger fire/emergency personnel.
How should I prepare my pets?
Keep pets up to date on preventative healthcare. Keep copies of all vaccinations/health records. Record contact information for your veterinarian.
Be able to identify your pets:
Microchip implantation is an excellent way to identify pets, but make sure the chip is registered to your current address.
Take photographs of you and your pet together.
Make sure your pet is wearing a collar or harness with identification tags.
Give backup copies of essential identification information to someone out of the area.
How should I transport my pets?
Have one airline kennel or cage per pet. Mark the kennel with your name, address, phone and an alternate contact. Make sure kennels are large enough to allow your pet to stand up and turn around, and to accommodate the pet and food and water bowls. Familiarize your pets with sleeping in the kennel/cage. Kennels for cats should be large enough to accommodate a small litter box. Pillow cases will work for transporting cats in an emergency.