Make sure your pet wears a collar and I.D. tag with up-to-date information. You should also seriously consider micro-chipping your pet for permanent identification – this will help ensure that your animal can be reunited with you if their tags/collar come off in the midst of a disaster.
All pets should be current on their shots. Keep a copy of the vaccination records sealed in a plastic bag.
Help your animals avoid shattering glass and falling objects. Don’t place your pet’s bed below windows or shelving. If it is not safe for you to sleep there, it is not safe for your pet.
A home within a home
Every animal in your house should have a crate – a molded plastic carrying case. Familiarize your pet with the crate before the disaster strikes so that they will be comfortable when it is necessary.
Check loose objects in your yard
Make sure all fencing is secure and all holes and potential escape routes are blocked. If you have animals who stay in the yard, make arrangements to bring them inside the house or garage.
If you decide to evacuate, take your pet!
The fact is that pets left behind are rarely found unharmed and rarely returned to their owners. You can find some tips on how to safely evacuate with your pet by clicking here.
Prepare for Your Pets
You can download a helpful checklist of all the things you should prepare to have with you for your pet in the event of a disaster or emergency.