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Disaster Protection Plan for Pets


Compliments of Helping Paws of North Carolina




*UAN (United Animal Nations) and EARS (Emergency Animal Rescue Service) http://www.uan.org/ears/disaster_tips.html 1-916-429-2457

Book: Out of Harm’s Way by Terri Crisp

Finally, consider volunteering for one of the rescue agencies listed above.

Pets on the Go

With vacation time approaching, you may want to take your pets along. Below are some websites where you can find information on boarding kennels and pet friendly lodgings. Also, make up a list for your pet emergency kits.

American Board Kennels Association (select kennels with a blue ribbon and/or CRO designation)


Hotels/Motels www.travelpet.com www.petswelcome.com www.dogfriendly.com

*Plan adapted from above sources.

does not condone tying pets up outside; however, emergency preparedness groups say if may be necessary to confine your animals outside for a short time if your home is damaged. If you briefly stake out an animal, use a harness instead of a collar. Many animals die each year from broken necks because they are tied out on a collar and are jerked back when they run to the end of their chain.

Make sure outdoor runs are located where falling debris (trees, power lines, etc.) cannot fall on them.


10. Know the location of animal shelters and animal rescue organizations in your area. Keep a list in your emergency kits, car, with family members, friends, and neighborhood buddy or Pet Watch team.

11. Be sure to comfort your animals. They are as frightened or more frightened than you are during a disaster.

For more detailed information, including life-saving information on horses, birds, and livestock; along with detailed lists of items for your emergency and first aid kits, check out the following sites.

*NC State Animal Response Team: www.ncsart.org

veterinarian, in your car, and with friends or family members. Keep a picture of each pet in your wallet along with proof of ownership.

Identify possible evacuation sites for your animals, NOW. These should be places that would not be affected by the same disaster affecting your location. Check boarding kennels (see below), vet boarding facilities, groomers, rescue groups, trainers, family, and friends. Identify hotels/motels that accept pets (see Pets on the Go). Remember: Red Cross shelters only accept guide and service dogs. Never leave your pet behind when you evacuate!

Set up a buddy system with a couple of neighbors or a Neighborhood Pet Watch, so someone can check on your animals if you are not at home when a disaster strikes. Exchange vet information with them and put a permission slip on file with your vet authorizing your buddy or Pet Watch team to get necessary emergency treatment for you pets if you can not be reached.

Talk with your regular pet sitter, boarding kennel, and vet about their disaster plans to care for your animals when you are out of town.

Have a stake and stakeout chain available for each pet. Helping Paws





According to the North Carolina State Animal Response Team (SART), the NUMBER ONE reason people do not evacuate their homes during an emergency, and return before it is safe, is because a pet is in the home. To protect yourself, your pets, and your agricultural animals, you must plan ahead.*

Keep a “Pet Emergency Kit” ready at all times and keep a smaller 1-2 day version of the kit in your car. The container should be airtight and waterproof (see kit list below).


Keep a collar and tag on both indoor and outdoor pets at all times. During an emergency, you may not remember to put a collar on the pet. Always keep a leash and collar or harness with tags, along with copies of each pet’s vaccination records in your car. You may have to abandon your car if water rises quickly on roads or bridges.


Make sure your pets have some form of permanent identification such as a microchip or tattoo. Keep copies of these ID numbers in your emergency kits, your car, your wallet and with friends or family members.


Take pictures of each pet making sure any distinguishing marks show up well. Keep copies of the pictures in your emergency kits, with your insurance records, on file with your


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--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Pet Emergency Kit: Suggested Items


Ŷ Food for 1-2 weeks Ŷ 1-2 weeks of water (1 gal/pet/day, stored out of light; replace every 2 months) Ŷ Small ice chest if meds/food need refrigeration Ŷ Food/water dishes Ŷ Pet litter Ŷ List of animal evacuation sites and hotels that allow pets (Pets on the Go, above)

Ŷ Tattoo/Microchip information Ŷ First aid kit Ŷ First aid book Ŷ Stake and stakeout chain (see #8) Ŷ Crate, cat carrier, or Evacsak labeled with emergency/medical information Ŷ Towels Ŷ No-rinse shampoo Ŷ Leave-in conditioner

Ŷ Veterinarian records Ŷ Toys Ŷ Bedding Ŷ Coat/Sweater Ŷ Can opener Ŷ Treats Ŷ Brush/Comb Ŷ Pictures showing any distinguishing marks

Ŷ Leash Ŷ Collar or Harness (harness allows more control of frightened animals) Ŷ ID tags (include address, telephone number, medical problems, microchip/tattoo numbers; also tags for temporary addresses or person chosen to care for pet(s) during emergencies) Ŷ 2 weeks of medication


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