* 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
* 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
* 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: www.wildliferehabber.org 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 www.petfinder.com & www.petamberalert.com for help.
* FINAL NOTE~ Remember our animals depend on us...do not let them down by being unprepared during a time of crisis!