Identify your pet
We recommend both micro-chipping your pet and also having a second form of ID on the animal in case your pet is found by someone without access to a scanner. Be sure update information on tags and with the microchip registry!
Post a free rescue alert ASPCA sticker letting authorities know there are animals inside your residence. http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/disaster-preparedness.
Decide where you’d take a pet in the event you have to leave home. Don’t surprise a neighbor or family member - pre-notification will be appreciated. Not all Red Cross shelters accept pets, so you may need to look for hotels that accept pets.
Create a kit
Consider keeping an emergency bag for your pet, just like you would for the other members of your household. It should include items needed needed for the first few days following a weather event or other disaster.
- Crate or restraint device for each pet
- 3-day supply of food and water (check expiration dates and include can opener if necessary.
- Emergency contact info: your vet and emergency clinic, as well as other family doctor contacts.
- First aid kit
- Medications, prescriptions and corresponding information in case refills are needed
- Collar and spare ID tags/photos in case a pet is lost
- Litter, pan, and scoop (for cats)
- Muzzle (particularly for larger dogs) - Stressful situations test even the mildest temperament; muzzles protect the pet and those around them, such as emergency responders.
- Newspaper/paper towels/bags to dispose of waste, trash bags.
- Blanket or pillowcase to restrain a cat.
- Flashlight with batteries in waterproof case
Label your kit clearly, in case you’re separated.
Assess your surroundings
- Inspect your yard and neighborhood before letting your pet outside. Could there be power lines down, flooded areas or debris?
- Pets will pick up on your emotions. Be prepared for behavior issues if you’re suddenly confined in the closet with a mastiff and kitten that don’t get along.
Texas animal health commission – www.TAHC.texas.gov