Preparedness for Pets
While preparing your family for emergencies, don't forget your pets--make a disaster plan that includes preparing a go-bag, paying attention to their special needs during weather fluctuations, and how to safely travel with them during stressful evacuations.
Listed below are some resources to help you prepare you and your pet to safely handle any emergency.
These agencies and organizations also recommend that your pets be micro-chipped, and the data be kept current, so your pet can be safely returned to you if found.
FEMA has a useful handout for preparing your pets.
Their website includes tips on how to safeguard your pets.
If you have to evacuate, prepare your pets by making a plan and following the tips on their website. The Sierra Club, one of several organizations who have sent animal response teams in coordination with disaster responders, provides a useful description from past disasters, like lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina: what happens to pets who had to be left during an evacuation as well as tips on how to prepare yourself and your pets should you have to evacuate.
CDC (CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL)
The CDC also offers a convenient checklist.
They have tips on keeping pets and people healthy in emergencies through their preparedness kit.
The CDC has a Public Health Matters Blog offering five ways to prepare your pets for emergencies.
If you have to board your pet, the CDC provides a fillable form to ensure your contact information and your pet's medications are documented.