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Pets are important members of many households, and like people, they are affected by disasters. If you have pets, you should add animal supplies to your emergency kit and consider their needs in your Family Emergency Plan.
To ensure your pets have necessary supplies during an emergency, your emergency kit should include:
Your Family Emergency Plan should outline what you will do with your pets if you have to evacuate. Since you will not know how long you will be gone, you must take your pets with you. When you go, they go! If you are going to a public shelter, pets may not be allowed, so it is important to plan where you will go in advance. Your emergency plan should identify possible pet-friendly locations, including:
Consider developing 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.
If you have time before you evacuate, call ahead to the emergency pet friendly locations you have identified to confirm arrangements for you and your pets.
If you have large animals (such as horses, cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, etc.) you may need to take additional preparedness steps. If you plan on evacuating, make a plan for having sufficient vehicles, trailers, and personnel needed to transport and support each type of animal. If not evacuating, you should decide whether you will move large animals to sheltered areas or turn them outside depending on the incident.
If you have exotic pets, make sure you have any supplies or equipment that you need to support your pet. If bringing your exotic pets to a new location (friend of family’s home, emergency shelter, etc.) ensure that they are handled, transported, and cared for by trained personnel.