Animal Preparedness: Pets, Livestock and Equine
Preparing to evacuate with your pet(s)
- Have a plan. Do not wait until the last minute to form an evacuation plan when you have the additional responsibility of planning for your pet(s).
- Confirm your plan 24 hours before you will need to evacuate in the event things have changed.
- Bring all pets inside the house so you will not have to search for them should you need to leave in a hurry.
- Make sure all pets are wearing their collars and I.D. tags. Be sure the I.D. tag has your cell phone number on it in the event you and your pet become separated.
- Keep all dogs securely leashed and cats in sturdy carriers during travel. Even a usually calm pet may panic and try to escape or bite in a stressful situation.
- Please note: Pet-friendly shelters provide pet owners in need of public shelter the opportunity to evacuate and shelter their pets within the same location. Rules vary by shelter; however, pet-friendly shelters cannot house stray animals.