Pets Need a Plan Too
Checklist for Pets
- To-go bag: Pack extra water, food, blankets, medicine, favorite toys, and vet records for your pets. You can use these items at home or if you evacuate.
- Evacuation: Take your pet with you, if you can.
- Contact numbers: Create a list of important phone numbers for pets including vets, animal shelters, and rescue groups. Most importantly, decide where you will go if you have to evacuate and get phone numbers of friends, relatives, and motels or hotels that can accommodate your pets.
- Identification: Microchip your pet. Keep identification tags up to date and securely fastened to your pet's collar. If your pet gets lost, the ID tag is their ticket home. Make sure you have a current photo of your pet for identification purposes.
- Pet carrier: Make sure you have a secure pet carrier, leash, or harness for each pet. Whether you are at home or evacuating, pet carriers can help keep your pet warm and calm to avoid panic or escape.
- If you must leave your pet at home, there are some precautions you must take. Remember that leaving your pet at home alone should be your last option.
- - NEVER leave your pet chained outside!
- - NEVER let birds, hamsters, rabbits, or any other regularly caged animal out of their cage to fend for themselves. Their regular cage full of food and water is the safest place.
- - Leave cats in one safe room and dogs in a different safe room inside your home. They should be unrestricted inside the room with plenty of food and water.
- - Place a note outside your home in a visible area advising what pets are in the house and where they are located. Include phone numbers for yourself and your vet.