Animal Emergency Preparedness

Be Prepared

When disaster strikes, the same rules that apply to people apply to pets. Preparation makes all the difference, and if it's not safe for you, it's not safe for your pets. Take a few minutes to make a plan and assemble an emergency kit for yourself and your pet.

Pet Emergency Kit Suggested Supplies:

  • Pet first-aid kit
  • A traveling bag, crate or sturdy carrier, ideally one for each pet
  • Extra collar or harness as well as an extra leash
  • 3-7 days' worth of canned or dry food (and can opener if necessary)
  • Disposable garbage bags for clean-up
  • Disposable litter trays (aluminum roasting pans are perfect)
  • Litter or paper toweling
  • Bowls for food and water
  • 7 days’ worth of bottled water for each person and pet
  • Blanket and pet bed (a pillowcase works well for cats)
  • Toys and treats
  • ID Tags
  • Medications and a copy of prescriptions
  • Updated photo (preferably with you and the pet for ownership identification)
  • Relevant phone numbers, especially the veterinarian’s
  • Liquid dish soap and disinfectant
  • Flashlight

Additional considerations should be made for birds, reptiles and pet rodents.

Additional information and resources can be found on the ASPCA’s website and on FEMA’s website.