Pet Preparedness

Pet Preparedness 

Emergency Kit

  • The federal government has provided guidelines and helpful resources about pet emergency kits, supplies and more.
  • Don't forget a pooper scooper, cat litter, or plastic doggie bags in your hurricane emergency kit! 


  • Practice evacuating in the car with your animals - including getting pets familiar with carriers.
  • Always take your pets and their supplies with you if you evacuate.
  • Check the news for revised rules and regulations around pets and hotels in the case of a forced evacuation.


  • Research in advance where you can take your pet in an emergency. GoPetFriendly offers a great list of helpful resources and shelters. 
  • Pets displaced by a disaster are frequently kept in shelters or held by local organizations. Find a contact ahead of time.


  • Take a current photo of your pet(s) in case there is a need for identification. Try to get multiple angles as well as photos with their owners for sizing purposes. 
  • Put your name and contact information on your pet’s ID tag in case you’re separated. 
  • Include the number of an out of town relative on your pet’s ID tag. 
  • Think about “microchipping” your pet. These permanent implants help locate your pet following a disaster, and keep your pets’ microchip registration current in case your pet gets lost in a disaster. 
  • After a disaster, don’t allow your pets to roam loose. Landmarks may have been changed & your pet could become disoriented.