Emergency Ready Kits for Pets
In the event of an emergency, it is important to consider your pets and be prepared to care for them in the event of a shelter-in-place situation or an evacuation. We recommend having the following on hand to be prepared:
- Food: At least 3 days worth in waterproof containers.
- Water: At least 3 days worth in waterproof containers.
- Medications and Medical Records: Have a least 3 days worth of medication ready. Copy all important medical records including vaccinations. Place in a waterproof container or bag.
- First Aid Kit: Check with your vet as to what would be needed for your pet. Bandages, tape, scissors, antibiotic ointment, flea and tick protection, latex gloves, alcohol and saline solutions, pet first aid booklet.
- Collars with Tags, Harness or Leash: Your pet should always have a collar on with tags and identification should be on the collar. Include a spare in case one get lost or damaged.
- Important Documents: Pet's name. Copies of pet's registration information, adoption papers, vaccination documents and medical records in a plastic bag or container.
- Crate or Pet Carrier: If you need to evacuate in an emergency, take your pets with you, if you can not leave them at home. This is when you would use your back up plan for your pets.
- Sanitation: Include pet litter and box, newspapers, paper towels and plastic trash bags.
- A photo of you and your pet: If you become separated from your pet the picture will document ownership and will help others in identifying your pet. Include information about the species, breed, age, sex, color, and distinguishing characteristics of your pet.
- Familiar Items: Put favorite toys, treats, and/or bedding in your kit.
- Plastic Tote Box: Store as many of the about items in your tote. List all other items in a notebook and where they are located. Place this notebook in the tote. Now your tote is ready for any type of emergency.