• Arrange for a neighbor to check on your pets and take care of them if a disaster occurs while you are not at home.

  • If you must evacuate your home in a disaster, keep in mind that most disaster shelters cannot accept pets because of health and safety regulations.

  • Service animals for people with disabilities are an exception.

  • Ask friends or relatives outside the affected area to shelter your animals if necessary.

  • Ask local animal shelters if they provide emergency shelter or foster care for pets in a disaster.


  • Sturdy leashes and/or carriers to transport pets and ensure that your animals can't escape.

  • Current photos of your pets in case they get lost.

  • Food, potable water, bowls, cat litter and pan, plastic bags and can opener.

  • Information on feeding schedules, medical conditions, behavior problems,

  • immunization records and the name and number of your veterinarian in case you have to board your pets.

  • Pet toys


  • Bring all pets into the house so that you won't have to search for them if you have to leave in a hurry.

  • Animals react differently under stress. Outside your home and in the car, keep dogs securely leashed. Transport cats in carriers. The most trustworthy pets may panic, hide, and try to escape or even bite or scratch.

  • When you return home, give your pets time to settle back into their routines.

  • Consult your veterinarian if any behavioral problems persist.