Emergency Preparedness & Your Pet

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.

During a Disaster

  • Bring your pets inside immediately.
  • Have newspapers on hand for sanitary purposes. Feed the animals moist or canned food so they will need less water to drink.
  • Animals have instincts about severe weather changes and will often isolate themselves if they are afraid. Bringing them inside early can stop them from running away. Never leave a pet outside or tied up during a storm.
  • Separate dogs and cats. Even if your dogs and cats normally get along, the anxiety of an emergency situation can cause pets to act irrationally. Keep small pets away from cats and dogs.
  • In an emergency, you may have to take your birds with you. Talk with your veterinarian or local pet store about special food dispensers that regulate the amount of food a bird is given. Make sure that the bird is caged and the cage is covered by a thin cloth or sheet to provide security and filtered light.

After a Disaster

  • If after a disaster you have to leave town, take your pets with you. Pets are unlikely to survive on their own.
  • In the first few days after the disaster, leash your pets when they go outside. Always maintain close contact. Familiar scents and landmarks may be altered and your pet may become confused and lost. Also, snakes and other dangerous animals may be brought into the area with flood areas. Downed power lines are a hazard.
  • The behavior of your pets may change after an emergency. Normally quiet and friendly pets may become aggressive or defensive. Watch animals closely. Leash dogs and place them in a fenced yard with access to shelter and water.

Prepare an Emergency Supply Kit for Your Pet


  • Two-week supply
  • Manual Can Opener


  • Two-week supply


  • For food & water that attach to cage

First Aid Kit

  • First Aid Guide Book
  • Roller Bandages
  • Scissors
  • Gauze
  • Antibiotic Ointment
  • Medications
  • Medical records (stored in a waterproof container or plastic zip bag)

Related Information


Portable Carrier / Crate

  • Large enough for pet to stand & turn around in.
  • Each pet in separate crate.


  • Collar,Tag & Leash
  • Microchip (Registered with national database)
  • Current photo of every pet with owner (to prove that you are the pet's owner)

Cat Litter & Litter Box

  • Litter Scooper

Cleaning Supplies

  • Paper Towels
  • Disinfectant
  • Plastic Trash Bags
  • Hand sanitizer
  • "Quick Bath" wipes
  • Plastic poop bags