When it comes to hurricanes, animals have often been overlooked by emergency planners and the general public. Although most current hurricane response plans now consider household pets for the purposes of evacuation, it is still important to make sure your pet is as ready as you are if told to evacuate.
IDs and Licenses
Make sure your service animals and pets have ID 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.
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 installation veterinary office (if available) or the local Red Cross chapter for guidance.
Establish relationships with other animal owners in your neighborhood so in case you are not home, there will be someone to help your animal.
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.
Animal Kit (plan for 7 days)
Pack supplies in a pack for your animal in case you need to evacuate. This kit should include: bowls, water and food, blankets for bedding, plastic bags and paper towels for disposing of feces, a favorite toy, extra harness. Also, bring shot records and other important papers related to your pets.