Make a Plan

  1. General Preparation
  2. Shelter in Place
  3. Sheltering During an Evacuation

Dogs Being Rescued from FloodwaterDisasters can happen without warning, so be prepared for these events by making the following preparations.

  • 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 transport crate before a crisis
    • Practice transporting your pet by taking them in 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 nearby the exit
  • Ensure 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.
  • Decide where you and your pet are going to stay. Based on the severity of a disaster, you may have two options for your pets:
    • Sheltering in place
    • Sheltering in a facility away from home (during an evacuation)