Pet Owner Emergency Preparation
Pets are members of the family and must be treated as such each step of the way. Your pets' survival during a disaster depends on emergency planning you do today.
Make a Plan
When you make your emergency plan, know who will have responsibility for locating and transporting (if need be) your animal(s) and have a backup in place in case that person cannot reach your home.
Just like any member of your household, your pet needs an emergency kit. This kit should be able to cover your pet for at least three days.
This kit should include:
- Water and food for at least 3 days
- Medicines (daily but also things like de-worming or monthly pills, just in case)
- Litter box
- Extra tags
- Can opener for canned food,
- Vet information
Many places DO NOT take pets, so you need to plan ahead. DO NOT, under any circumstances, leave your pet behind.
- If you are self evacuating:
- Plan ahead where you will go with your pet. Many hotels will not take pets.
- If you plan to board your pet, please note most kennels require your vet's medical records and you must have this planned in advance.
- If you are using City Assisted Evacuation
- Small pets (about 15 pounds) that can be held on your lap or can fit in a lap carrier can ride with you on the bus. Larger animals, aggressive animals, pets that are hard to control, or multiple animals cannot all ride with you to the train station.
- If you have a pet that cannot ride the bus, the LSPCA will get your pet to the Union Passenger Terminal.
- When you register at the City Assisted Evacuation pick-up points, you will be asked to register your pet’s information as well. You and your pet will be assigned an ID number that will allow state officials to track where everyone in your family is going, including your pet.
Want To Know More?
Check out FEMA's "Planning for your pets" and "Caring for Animals" for excellent additional resources, tips and tricks for preparing for disasters and emergencies with pets, as well as the Red Cross' "Pet and Disaster Safety" checklist. Other useful contacts: