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Disaster Information~
DogE911 considers animals a part of the family, so we believe it is imperative to plan ahead 
to include them in your disaster preparation.  They depend on us, & we can 
not let them down! 

With national animal laws changing every day & the human-animal bond ever so prevalent, 
one must prepare for their pets future in any disaster situation.  Disasters can be either natural or man-made.  No matter which is the case, all are time-sensitive.  Planning ahead with your animals will always make things less stressful & save time 
for both you & your pets.

DogE911 Checklist:

 * ANIMAL FIRST AID / DISASTER KIT~  (This should include items for each specific type 
 of animal you own.  Supplies should be kept inside a waterproof, air tight, & portable container.)

 * ANIMAL IDENTIFICATION~  Microchipping is a good idea because proof of animal ownership 
 is vital during a disaster.  (This can also include collars & tags, halters, leg or neck bands,  photographs, & microchip numbers.  Make sure your current phone numbers, email address, 
 & alternative contacts are on all pets identification.)

 * ANIMAL RECORDS~  (This includes all veterinary records & vet's contact info, vaccine records,  medication list, allergies, special needs, etc. & should be kept laminated or inside a sealed bag.)

 * TRANSPORT~  (This can include crates, carriers, cages, trailers, pens, etc.  Getting your animal  accustomed to their crate / trailer ahead of time so they feel comfortable is important.  All types 
 of transport carriers should be equipped with your animals identification.) 

 * RESTRAINT~  (This includes leashes, harnesses, halters, etc. & is used to keep control 
 of your animals.)

 * MEDICATIONS~  Make sure you are not low on supply.

 * FOOD & WATER~  (Food includes a three-day supply if evacuating, & a two-week supply if 
 you shelter at home.  Water should equal one gallon per animal per day, though some animals  will require more.)

 * CLEAN UP~  (This can include bleach, trash bags, newspapers, paper towels, litter, poop bags,  old towels, etc.)

 * EXTRAS~  (This can include bowls, feeders, buckets, treats, toys, blankets, beds, a shirt or  pillowcase that has your scent on it, etc...really any of your pets favorite items to help reduce  stress levels.  For birds, reptiles, & / or fish this can include misters, heating pads, filters,  traveling carriers, covers, etc.)

 * EVACUATION PLAN~  NEVER leave your animals behind, they can not care for themselves!  
  CA Bill AB 450 basically states...'If We Go, They Go!'  Check out this bill, or the PETS Act  of 2006 by clicking on the white box on your left.  
 (This should include finding a place you can stay with your animals.  Check ahead of time 
with relatives & friends, motels, shelters, campgrounds, etc.  Sometimes during disasters, 
hotels & shelters make exceptions for pets.  If you can not be with your pets or you have 
livestock / horses, then it is imperative to find prior arrangements.  Most animal shelters & humane societies will take the smaller animals, but also check with day care / kennels, 
animal rescues, & vets.  Options for larger animals include rescues, farms, fairgrounds, 
race tracks, & ranches.  Check with your local humane society / animal shelter about specific county facilities available for your pets.  Certain farms / kennels have set up prior arrangements 
to make space for displaced animals during disaster situations.)

 * DRILL & TRAIN~  Practice evacuation plans with your animals to make them more comfortable.  Animals sense our anxiety, so if we are prepared then it will help them to remain calm.  Teaching  your pet basic commands & hand signals is also important so they will listen to you during 
 an emergency.

 * BACK UP PLAN~  Post animal evacuation stickers (include hiding places for your pets) on 
 your windows for the first responders, & also set up a buddy system with your neighbors.  Make 
 a point to know your community disaster plan & contacts in case you are not at home when a  disaster strikes.

 * EVACUATE~  (This includes knowing when to leave & when to stay.  If emergency management  tells you to evacuate then you need to do so as quickly as possible. On the other hand if you are  told to shelter in place, then it is imperative to bring animals inside & seal up your home or barn.)

 * COLLECTION~  Collect animals, kits, & supplies.  (This includes getting all pets together &  making sure they are properly identified.  Remember to remain calm above all things!  Animals 
 can react extremely different during a disaster, so be prepared to muzzle / swaddle / restrain 
 if necessary.)

 * STAY TOGETHER~  If at all possible!  Many human shelters are also set up near animal  sheltering facilities so you can help & be with your pets.  This reduces the stress for you & 
 your animals during a disaster.

 * LOOSE ANIMALS~  Contact your local animal shelter / humane society, pet rescue, 
 equine evacuation, or wildlife rescue.  For injured & loose wildlife you may also contact: to find the closest facility to you.

 * RETURN HOME~  Only go home once it is considered safe to do so, & understand that after 
 a disaster there is much recovery time.  Try to return things back to normal.  This is very  important for animals because they like routines.  Be patient & soothing with them.

 * IF SEPARATED~  Don’t ever give up!  Having determination, along with proper identification,  proof of ownership, photos, etc. will help to reunite you with your pet much sooner.  Use internet  resources like & for help.

 * FINAL NOTE~   Remember our animals depend on not let them down by being  unprepared during a time of crisis!

* Consider taking one 
of our DogE911 animal first aid & disaster 
training courses today!  
Please see our Classes page for 
more information. 

Disaster references:

FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency)

American Red Cross

HSUS (Humane Society of the 
United States)

ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals)

American Humane

AVMA (American Veterinary 
Medical Association)