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Providing Prevention Response & Recovery for Animal Emergencies

Before a disaster strikes, each household should developed a plan that will include all of their pets. To ensure the plan is functional, it must be practiced before a disaster occurs.  Every 3 months, the plan should be reexamined and updated and changes made known to the entire family.  Below are items that should be included in a family and animal evacuation go kit.


  •  Flashlight and plenty of extra batteries or emergency crank-rechargeable battery lights
  • Portable, battery-operated ( and extra batteries) or an emergency radio with crank-rechargeable batteries.
  • First-aid kit and manual
  • Supply of nonperishable food and water for 72 hours
  • Manual can/bottle opener and spoon
  • Essential medications
  • Cash and credit cards
  • Important family documents and veterinary records
  • Include at least one complete change of clothing and footwear for each family member.
  • Animal evacuation kit.


  • Provide a list of animals, how they can be identified (Breed, age, gender, collar, microchip, etc.) AND include a comment regarding the behavioral quirks of each ("easily frightened, " possible biter," "likely to hind in the laundry room during a storm," "afraid of lightening," etc.).
  • Provide an emergency contact list that includes your personal information and contact information of the neighbor(s) and your veterinarian
  • A map of the area with possible evacuation routes or alternative sheltering with names, contact information, and location
  • Two-week supply of food ( dry and/or canned)
  • Manual can opener
  • Spill proof food and water dishes
  • Two-week supply of water in large plastic jugs with secure lids
  • Feeding instructions for each animal. Include foods to avoid in the event of individual animal allergies.
  • Provide copies of veterinary records and proof of ownership (registration papers, rabies tag, certificates, digital or color photographs, etc)
  • Pet First Aid Kit
  • Pet medications. List each animal separately and include the name of the drug, dosage ad frequency of administration. For drugs requiring special handling (i.e. refrigeration), indicate where the drug is located so the rescuer may easily access the medication
  • Cage/carrier for each animal. Each should be labeled with the pets information as well as your contact information
  • Familiar items to make the pets feel more comfortable
  • Newspaper for bedding
  • Paper towels
  • Heavy duty trash bags
  • Heavy duty gloves for handling cats
  • Leash and collar or harness for each animal
  • Litter, litter pan, litter scoop
  • Muzzles (canine and feline)
  • Stakes or tie-outs.