Preparing Your Pet for Evacuation

Friday June 10, 2016

June is National Pet Preparedness Month. Is your pet prepared for evacuation?

Preparing Your Pet for Evacuation - If you have to evacuate to a public shelter because of a disaster, keep in mind that animals may not be allowed inside. With proper planning, you can help ensure your pet’s safety if you have to separate. Just follow tips from the Ready Campaign, including:

  1. Assemble a pet disaster supply kit
  2. Talk with your pet’s veterinarian about emergency planning
  3. Plan with friends, neighbors, or relatives to make sure someone is available to care for or evacuate your pets if you are unable to do so
  4. Look for a boarding facility such as a kennel or veterinarian hospital that is near an evacuation facility or your family’s meeting place.
With simple preparations, you can be ready for the unexpected. Those who take the time to prepare themselves and their pets will likely encounter less difficulty, stress, and worry. For more information about preparing your pet for emergencies, visit the Ready Campaign website and take a look at this video featuring the nation’s “first dogs,” Sunny and Bo Obama. You can also share important pet preparedness information with loved ones using the Pet Preparedness Social Media Toolkit.