From working animals that help with daily tasks or work with livestock to those that amuse, comfort and sometimes confuse us, pets are part of the family. During a disaster, they need our help to stay safe and protected from the initial incident and the often hazardous conditions that result from the emergency.  Remember, if it's not safe for you, it's not safe for your pets. Bring them with you when you evacuate. 

Just like human family members, pets should have an emergency kit to support them if you need to evacuate quickly or shelter in place for an extended period of time. Not all emergency shelters accept pets, so keep a list of pet-friendly hotels or other places to stay if a disaster strikes.


Pro tip:

Practice evacuating with your pet, and see what issues come up. Work on solving these so you are ready for a real emergency. 

Looking for more information? Check out: 

- American Red Cross


- Center for Disease Control and Prevention