Disaster Preparedness Tips for Pet Owners

Your pets are extremely vulnerable and depend on you for their safety. Even if you live in an area that is not prone to natural disasters, tragedy can strike without warning. In order to provide care for your pets during an emergency situation it is important to have a disaster plan in place. This brochure offers guidelines to help you tailor a plan for your pets.


  • Sterile gauze pads and bandages
  • Adhesive tape
  • bandage scissors and tweezers
  • Triangular bandage ( Muzzle or Sling )
  • Alcohol Wipes
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Sterile Saline solution
  • Cotton Swabs
  • Activated Charcoal tabs and Maalox®
  • Thermometer
  • Plastic Gloves
  • Penlight with fresh batteries
  • Large towel or blanket
  • Shampoo and antibacterial soap
  • name, Address, Phone number and hours of your veterinarian and the nearest emergency veterinary clinic

Before disaster strikes

  • Call your county’s emergency program manager to determine which types of natural disasters are likely to occur in your area.
  • Remember, most shelters, including the American Red Cross, do not allow pets due to sanitation regulations.
  • Contact local veterinarians, pet sitters and kennels to see if they will admin your pet should an emergency occur.
  • Check local hotels and motels to see if they would allow you to stay there with pet during an emergency.

What constitutes a disaster?

  • Avalanche/Mud slide
  • Explosion
  • Blizzard
  • Fire
  • Broken Gas Main
  • Building collapse
  • earthquake
  • Flood
  • Fuel Leaks/Spills
  • Hurricane
  • Lightning Strike
  • Long-term power or Water Loss
  • Terrorism
  • tornado
  • Volcanic Eruption

Emergency Supplies

  • A week’s Supply of food for each pet
  • Can Opener
  • 1 Gallon fresh Water per pet
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Favorite Toys or Treats
  • Grooming Items
  • Secure Chain and Leash
  • Crate or carrier
  • Flashlight
  • Transistor Radio
  • Fresh Batteries
  • Pet First Aid Kit
  • Paper towels, trash bags and baby wipes

Other pet-saving suggestions

  • Keep a current photo of the pet with your emergency supplies in case the pet is lost
  • Keep the pet crated or on a leash to limit exposure to danger.
  • Have all medical records for your pets, as you will need those to board them.