Disaster Preparedness for Pet Owners
From natural disasters to acts of violence, there's a high likelihood that you and your pet will need to evacuate in a disaster situation. The Pet Preparedness Social Media Toolkit can help you with emergency preparation and with essential steps to take when you and your pet are in harm's way.
Your Emergency Preparedness Must Include Your Pet
Including your pet in emergency preparedness plans involves taking care of the following:
Having an action plan for how you will respond in an emergency with your pet
Find out where you can take your pet if an emergency happens
Having a stocked pet emergency kit ready to go
Keeping digital records and/or pictures to identify your pet in case you become separated
Utilizing the Pet Preparedness Social Media Toolkit
What is the Pet Preparedness Social Media Toolkit?
The Pet Preparedness Social Media Toolkit has safety and preparedness messages you can share on your social media channels. You can either copy these messages directly or customize them to reach your audience. Some of the resources in the kit include:
“Preparing Makes Sense for Pet Owners” (4:22) (YouTube)
Following #PetPreparedness for helpful tips
Become Familiar with the ReadyGov Pet Planning Guide
Emergency Evacuation with a Pet
Every pet owner needs to practice their evacuation plan with their pet and any family members. This means loading up your essentials into the car with your animals and following the evac route for your area. Make sure your pet's are comfortable to help reduce their anxiety in the event of an evacuation. Get your pet familiar with their carrier before severe weather hits in case you need to evacuate with them quickly.
Remember: Animals left behind in a disaster can easily be lost, injured, or killed. Don't leave your pets behind.
American Red Cross Pet Disaster Preparedness and Recovery