For More Disaster Readiness Info:
For Pet Go Kits/Safety and Pet Friendly Hotels:
During a disaster:
- It may not be safe to “hang on” to your pet as this could be dangerous for you so try to confine them or you may need to just let them loose
- When asked to evacuate ALWAYS TRY TO TAKE YOUR PET WITH YOU!
- In the event you cannot find or get a hold of your pet – leave an opening in your home for them to give them a fighting chance to get loose and to safety on their own
Returning Home with your Pets after a Disaster:
- Make sure hazards are removed from your home before letting your pets loose
- Your pets may be disoriented or even aggressive returning home – Walk your dog around home and neighborhood to give them a chance to take in new smells
- Keep cats confined to smaller spaces and gradually let them explore home
If you were unable to retrieve Pet when disaster happened and your Pet is not home when you return:
- Ran Away due to home destruction – look for a Found Pet poster
- Picked up by Neighbor – look for a note
- Retrieved by an Animal Rescue Group or Animal Control Agency – look for a notice posted on your property
After checking with Neighbors…Call Animal Control:
- They are the acting governing agency for the welfare of your pet
- They should know what groups, non profits, and Animal Control Agencies sheltering animals in the aftermath of a disaster
Next Call your Office of Emergency Services:
- Each County has their own Office – Look up yours!
- They should also know what agency is governing Animal Response for the disaster
If all else fails…
- Listen intently for radio or television information about response. Typically a Public Information Officer (PIO) for the Office of Emergency Services (OES) will be announcing what and where services are being provided to the victims of a disaster
- 211 (you may be able to call for updated information affecting your area) and Reverse 911 (may call you with emergency in your area)
Retrieving your Pet from an Emergency Shelter:
- Have documentation – pet photo, vet records, neighbors name that may have dropped off your pet
- Have your pet checked over by your regular vet for any unknown/non presented medical issues and exposures
AND NOW…Be a Super Hero!
- Learn Human and Pet First Aid/CPR
- Become e Member of your Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and an Animal Response and Rescue Coalition Volunteer!