Don’t forget about your pets when you are developing your emergency plan. If you have a plan, you will likely encounter less difficulty, stress, and worry when you need to make a decision during an emergency. If local officials ask you to evacuate, that means your pet should evacuate too. If you can’t get back to your house, identify in advance a trusted friend or neighbor who can retrieve or care for your pet. 

 Don’t forget to make an emergency kit for your pet too. Just as you do with your family’s emergency supply kit, first think about the basics for survival, such as food and water. Have two kits, one larger kit if you are sheltering in place and one lightweight version for if you need to evacuate.  Review your kits regularly to ensure that their contents, especially food and medicine, are not expired. 

 Lastly, make sure you have the important paperwork for your pet, including any medical records or important instructions on how to take care of your pet in case they end up with a family member, friend, or even at a shelter during an emergency. Ensure your animals are wearing collars with up-to-date identification. You can also ask your vet about microchipping your pets to ensure they make it back to you if you are separated. 

Watch the Department of Emergency Management and Security’s Pet preparedness video: https://youtu.be/m-2sII_Mj7M 

Pet Section in the Community Emergency Response Guide: https://bit.ly/3NtQbpU

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