When temperatures rise the risk of fire can easily escalate throughout the area. We encourage everyone to have a household evacuation plan in place. It’s the best way to protect your family and pets in case of disaster. What is best for you is typically what's best for your animals. The likelihood that you and your animals will survive an emergency depends largely on the planning you do today.
FOOD & WATER. Have at least 5 days of food and water in an airtight container.
MEDICINE AND MEDICAL RECORDS. Have an extra supply of medicine along with directions on administering. Have copies of your pets most recent medical records. They may be required for your pets to be accepted into a shelter.
IDENTIFICATION. Keep up-to-date identification on your pet at ALL times. Please consider micro-chipping your animals and making sure their microchip number is registered. Have a picture of you and your pet together in case you are separated to help document ownership .
CRATE OR PET CARRIER. Have a sturdy, safe, and comfortable way to transport and keep your animals safe. Include a blanket or a favorite toy to help relieve stress for your pet. Bring a harness and leash for taking animals out of their carrier.
SANITATION. Bring litter and a disposable litter pan if appropriate. Include any other items such as trash bags, brushes, and disinfectants.
IF YOU EVACUATE. If you have to evacuate, take your pet with you. Remember that evacuation shelters generally do not allow pets. Now is the time to make the necessary arrangements to assure that you and your animals will have a place to go in an event of an emergency.
LODGING. Secure appropriate lodging a head of time. Make sure you have multiple options, include friends and family out of town and out of state as well as a list of pet friendly hotels and motels.
BUDDY SYSTEM. Make a back up plan with neighbors, friends, or relatives in case an emergency happens while you are not home to make sure that someone is available to care for or evacuate your pets. Make sure they know where you keep your emergency pet kit and have easy access to enter your home.
STAY INFORMED. Be ready to adapt to new information and news that may impact your personal circumstance. Listen to the radio periodically. Make every effort to follow instructions provided by the authorities and disaster relief workers.
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