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Animal Safety

Your life and the life of your animals depend heavily on how you prepare for a natural disaster or other emergency. In fact, simple plans can be utilized during all types of emergencies. If you intend to evacuate or stay at home during an emergency, you must have plans of what you’ll do with pets during an emergency.

Guidelines for Pets

Utilize these tips while disaster planning for animals:
  • Locate animal shelters. Many emergency shelters do not permit pets because of public health concerns. Locate local hotels and motels that allow pets. Search online for websites that list pet-friendly hotels. While developing a list of emergency contacts, list phone numbers for nearby animal shelters.
  • Stock up on pet food, first aid supplies, and other items your pet may require during an emergency. In addition to a 72 hour kit, amass an emergency preparedness kit for pets.
  • Ensure identification tags are placed on pets’ collars. List contact information on pet tags in case you become separated during an emergency.
  • Keep a recent pet photo in your wallet or 72 hour kit to identify lost pets.
  • Place a leash or harness in a 72 hour kit since pets often panic and runoff when they’re frightened.

Guidelines for Large Animals

If you own livestock, horses, or other large animals, develop a detailed emergency preparation plan.
  • If possible, evacuate livestock during an emergency. Plan ahead of time primary and secondary evacuation routes.
  • Ensure trailers are easily accessible. Train family members how to hookup and drive trailers. Since animals frighten easy in new surroundings, periodically move them in trailers.
  • Make sure evacuation sites have adequate supplies of fresh water, veterinary supplies, and food.
  • If it’s not possible to move livestock during emergencies, decide in advance whether animals will be left outside or placed in barns or other buildings.
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