Cherice Roth, DVM
Just as you do in preparation of your family’s emergency supply kit, including your pet makes sense. Here are tips for preparing for evacuation and/or natural disasters.
- Print, or place vaccine and medical history on a USB drive. Place those and up-to-date photos (in case you are separated from your pet) in a water protective sleeve.
- Update microchip information.
- Have collars w/tags/leashes/carriers for EVERY PET that is in your home.
- Keep all pet medications in the same location so it’s easy to grab them in a hurry. Discuss with your vet which medications are VITAL (like heart medications) and which ones are not a big deal to miss (like allergy meds) in case you can’t get refills.
- Prepare a “go-kit”: Bowls, water, food, potty pads, cat litter, litter box, trash bags etc.
- Know your state laws regarding pet evacuation. There are many states where it is ILLEGAL to force owners to leave their pets behind.
- Prepare a list of 2-3 Pet-friendly hotels and their contact info at least 2 hours away from your house in case you leave your town.
- Text VET to 67076 for a text chat with a veterinarian. Our veterinarians are available every day for help preparing for, during, or after a disaster. We are here to support you.
FEMA Guide: Preparing Your Pets for Emergencies
CDC: Disaster Preparedness For Your Pets
ASPCA: Disaster Preparedness