Emergency Preparation

Emergency Preparation


Keep at least three days of food in an airtight, waterproof container.


Store at least three days of water specifically for your pets in addition to water you need for yourself and your family.

spacer-green.gifMedicines and medical records

Keep an extra supply of medicines your pet takes on a regular basis in a waterproof container.

spacer-green.gifFirst aid kit

Talk to your veterinarian about what is most appropriate for your pet's emergency medical needs. Most kits should include cotton bandage rolls, bandage tape and scissors; antibiotic ointment; flea and tick prevention; latex gloves, isopropyl alcohol and saline solution. Include a pet first aid reference book.

spacer-green.gifCollar with ID tag, harness or leash

Your pet should wear a collar with its rabies tag and identification at all times. Include a backup leash, collar and tag in your pet's emergency supply kit. In addition, place copies of your pet's registration information, adoption papers, vaccination documents and medical records in a clean plastic bag or waterproof container and also add them to your kit. You should also consider talking with your veterinarian about permanent identification such as microchipping, and enrolling your pet in a recovery database.

spacer-green.gifCrate or other pet carrier

If you need to evacuate in an emergency situation take your pets and animals with you provided that it is practical to do so. In many cases, your ability to do so will be aided by having a sturdy, safe, comfortable crate or carrier ready for transporting your pet. The carrier should be large enough for your pet to stand, turn around and lie down.


Include pet litter and litter box if appropriate, newspapers,papertowels,plastic trashbags and household chlorine bleach to provide for your pet's sanitation needs.You can use bleach as a disinfectant (dilute nine parts water to one part bleach), or in an emergency you can also use it to purify water. Use 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented or color safe bleaches,or those with added cleaners.

spacer-green.gifA Picture of you and your pet together

If you become separated from your pet during an emergency, a picture of you and your pet together will help you document ownership and allow others to assist you in identifying your pet. Include detailed information about species, breed, age,sex, color and distinguishing characteristics.

spacer-green.gifFamiliar items

Put favorite toys, treats or bedding in your kit. Familiar items can help reduce stress for your pet.

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