FROM THE ASPCA:
- Obtain a rescue alert sticker, which will let rescuers know that pets are inside your home. Make sure it is visible and that it includes: 1) the types and number of pets in your household; 2) the name of your veterinarian; and 3) your veterinarian’s phone number.
- Always bring pets indoors at the first sign or warning of a storm or disaster. Pets can become disoriented and wander away from home during a crisis.
- Make sure all pets wear collars and tags with up-to-date identification. The ASPCA recommends microchipping your pet as a more permanent form of identification.
- Arrange a safe haven for your pets in the event of evacuation. Do not leave your pets behind.
- Keep a pet emergency kit and supplies handy with items such as medical records, water, pet food, medications and pet first aid supplies.
“The best thing you can do for yourself and your pet in the event of an emergency is to be prepared,” says Rickey. “It’s also crucial that residents plan to take pets with them when evacuating. If it’s not safe for you to stay behind, it’s not safe for your pets.”