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Disaster Preparedness

Make A Plan

To get started, familiarize yourself with the types of disasters that could affect your area and consider your options for providing care for your pet(s).

Disasters can happen with or without warning, so be prepared:

* Make sure your pet(s) wear collars and tags with up-to-date contact information and other identification.

* Microchip your pet(s) – this is one of the best ways to ensure that you and your pet are reunited if you are separated. Always be sure to register the microchip with the manufacturer and keep your contact information up to date with the microchip company.

* Purchase a pet carrier for each of your pets (write your pet’s name, your name, and contact information on each carrier).

* Familiarize your pet with its carrier before a crisis. Practice transporting your pet by taking them for rides in a vehicle similar to one you would be evacuating in.

* Practice catching your pet, if needed.

* Keep a leash and/or carrier near the exit. Make sure you have proper equipment for pets to ride in the car (carriers, harnesses, pet seatbelts).

* If you do not have a car, make arrangements with neighbors, family, and friends. You can also contact your local government to learn about transportation options during a disaster.

* Call your Veterinarian ahead of time to have your pet(s) medications refilled. You’ll want at the very least a 2-3-week supply.

* Purchase extra food for your pet(s).

You’ll want at the very least a 2-3-week supply.

Pet Emergency Kit

Your pet(s) kit should include:

*Pet first-aid kit, your pet(s) medications, plenty of food and water. Bowls, an extra leash and collar with updated tags, crate or sturdy carrier, recent photos of your pet (in case you are separated.) Don't forget toys.

Shelter During an Evacuation

* Contact your local emergency management office and ask if they offer accommodations for owners and their pets. If accommodations are needed for your pet(s):

* Contact local veterinary clinics, boarding facilities, and local animal shelters. Visit the Humane Society website to find a shelter in your area.

* Contact family or friends outside the evacuation area.

* Contact a pet-friendly hotel, particularly along evacuation routes.

* Remember to take your pet’s emergency kit with you.

* Make plans before disaster strikes for where you and your pets will go.

* Be aware that pets may not be allowed in local human shelters, unless they are service animals.

* Check with:Family or friends outside the evacuation area.

* Pet-friendly Hotels: or call 877-411-FIDO or call 888-281-5170 or call 8880254-0637 or call 866-966-3046 or call 800-250-1625 ,

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