Pet Disaster Preparedness Checklist

When it comes to natural disasters like earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, or floods, it's essential to have a plan for yourself, your family, and even your pets. In some cases, being prepared can ensure the safety and livelihood of your pets. Below is a checklist to help keep your pets safe during a natural disaster.

  • Consider microchipping your pets and update the information, including your name, address, phone number, and additional phone numbers
  • Keep a collar on your pets with ID tags on them
  • Compile a list of pet friendly hotels along the evacuation route
  • Compile a list of animal hospitals and numbers along the evacuation route
  • Find out which friends or relatives can care for your pets in case of an emergency
  • Make sure your pet's vaccinations are up-to-date
  • If possible, take animal first-aid classes

It's also important to assemble a portable kit with emergency supplies for your pet. Keep the below items in a sturdy, waterproof container that can be easily carried.

  • Medications, copies of medical records, written information about pets' feeding schedules, behaviors, and medical conditions
  • Food and water bowls
  • Sturdy leashes, harnesses, and carriers
  • First aid kit
  • Current photos of your pets or of you with your pets
  • If possible, pet bed and toys
  • Cat litter box, litter, litter scoop
  • Garbage bags
  • Paper towels
  • Pet-friendly cleaner
  • Water

Lastly, when preparing for natural disasters, it's best to have an emergency action plan. Practice your disaster readiness by doing drills, which should include your pets.