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Pets Disaster Plan


IDs and Licenses

Make sure your service animals and pets have I.D. tags with both your home telephone number and that of your primary out-of-town contact person. Make sure your animal's license is current.

Animal Care

Plan how your pets will be cared for if you have to evacuate. Pets, in contrast to service animals, are usually not allowed in emergency shelters due to health regulations, so have some animal shelters identified! Contact your DPO, local Red Cross chapter and the base veterinarian for guidance.

Establish relationships with other animal owners in your neighborhood. In case you are not home, there will be someone to help your animal.

Alternate Mobility Cues

Pets and service animals may become confused, panicked, frightened or disoriented in and after a disaster: keep them confined or securely leashed or harnessed. A leash/harness is an important item for managing a nervous or upset animal. Be prepared to use alternative ways to negotiate your environment.

Service Animals Earthquake Kit (for 7 days)

Pack supplies in a pack that your animal can carry in case you need to evacuate. This kit should include: Bowl for water and food, food, blanket for bedding, plastic bags and paper towels for disposing of feces, a favorite toy, extra harness.

The Disaster Preparedness Office is currently gathering the best advice and resources available to help you prepare and respond to the emergency needs of your animals, whether you are responsible for caring for one or ten. And we will provide tips on how you can support organizations that care for animals in the wild or those which have been separated from their owners due to emergencies; we will also offer tips on how you can make a difference in such situations when you are on your own.

If you are aware of useful information about animals and emergencies be sure to share it with us by clicking the email link below. If you know of an animal-related World Wide Web site with emergency preparedness/response information, please let us know.

For more information on disaster preparedness on pets, please contact the DPO staff.


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