Pet Preparedness

Consider these important steps:

Do your research before disaster strikes.
  • Find out before a hurricane makes landfall which local hotels and motels allow pets and where pet boarding facilities are located. With the exception of service animals like seeing eye dogs, pets are typically not permitted in emergency shelters. 
  • Take your pet with you to a hotel, friend's or family member's house, veterinary clinic or kennel in a safe zone. This should be prearranged to avoid surprise and confusion.
  • Boarding facilities will require up-to-date vaccinations and proper identification. 
  • Purchase tags & have your pet implanted with a microchip.
  • Carry your pets’ current picture and medical records with you at all times.
Image of black dog with the text "Don't forget about me"

Have the following supplies on hand:

Get ready before an emergency happens.
  • Portable carrier (large enough for the pet to stand up and turn around in)
  • Blanket or bedding to make your pet comfortable
  • Extra leash and collar with an identification tag 
  • Pet food - at least a two-week supply of dry food in water-tight container or canned food (non-electric can opener needed) 
  • Water - at least a two-week supply of clean water -- large dogs need one gallon per day 
  • Up-to-date health records 
  • Medications - flea and tick and two-month supply of heart worm 
  • Toys and treats