1. Make sure your pet is mocrochipped and licensed so it can be returned to you in case you become separated.
2. Identify alternative housing for your pet so it can be safely relocated during an evacuation if you cannot take it with you.
3. Develop an emergency plan with a friend or family member who can care for your pets in your absence. Agree in advance how this will happen and provide written authority for them to act on your behalf. Review and update the plan annually – use a date that is easy to remember, such as your pet’s birthday or annual vaccination appointment.
4. Make sure your pet is current on all vaccinations for common contagious disease. In an emergency it may become housed with other animals that may be harboring illness.
5. Keep a “go bag” of supplies for your pet, that you can grab at a moment’s notice:
b. Bottled water
d. Cleaning supplies (pooper scooper, disposal bags, litter scooper)
e. Extra collar and leash
f. First aid kit
g. Prescription medications
h. Disposable litter box
i. Cat litter
k. Copies of important documents such as vaccination records, license, proof of ownership, microchip registration number and phone number of the registry, medical insurance papers, your veterinarian’s contact information, recent photographs of good quality to use for lost pet posters
6. Make sure your dog is obedient and well trained. Enroll in obedience classes if necessary. During an emergency it will be critical that your dog obeys you and can be housed cooperatively with other animals or people.