Pets During Emergencies

Consider your pets when planning for emergencies.

Know where to take your pets in an emergency and remember their needs when creating your family preparedness kit.


  • Find a safe place for your pets to stay
  • Make sure your pets wear current ID tags all the time, and that carries for each pet are labeled with contact information
  • Make sure pets are current on their vaccinations. 
  • Prepare a pet’s emergency kit


  • Keep pets in the house as the emergency develops
  • Pet shelters will be filled on a first-come first-serve basis. Call ahead to check availability.


  • Don’t allow your pets to roam loose.
  • Keep dogs on leashes and cats in carriers inside the house, the house might be damaged they could escape/become lost
  • Be patient, re-establish routines as soon as possible. Be ready for behavioral problems. If problems continue, or if your pet is having health problems, talk to your veterinary. 


Will comfort centers/ emergency shelters allow me to bring my pet?

  • Some centers will allow you to bring your pet, check ahead to make sure you can bring your pet.

What should my pet emergency kit contain?

  • Comfort items, collars and leashes, food, litter, licenses immunization records, ID tags filled with info indoor potty system, pet kennel, 2 week supply of prescription meds, veterinary contact information.