Disaster Preparedness for your Pets

While Philadelphia-area residents won’t have to worry about a significant impact from Hurricane Florence, you never know when Mother Nature may target us — or some kind of manmade disaster occurs.

That’s why you need to consider emergency preparedness measures in advance; it’s always easier to get ready before a catastrophic event occurs.

And be sure not to forget your beloved pets. Here are a few steps you can take.

  1. You probably already have (or least you should have) emergency supplies and a traveling kit for yourself. Make one for your pets, too, including a first-aid kit; several days’ worth of canned and dry food; disposable litter trays and litter; food and water bowls; an extra collar/harness and leash; trash bags; a waterproof container for any medication your pet requires; a week’s worth of bottled water; photocopies of key medical records; a carrier or crate for each pet; a blanket; and pet toys.

  2. Have collars and tags on your pets, with information including a name, telephone number, and medical needs. Microchipping your pet is an even better form of identification.

  3. Bring your pets inside when a storm approaches. Storms can disorient animals and cause them to wander.

  4. Get rescue alert stickers to let rescuers know pets are in your home; place them near the front door and describe the number and type of pets you have. The ASPCA offers free stickers at If you evacuate with your pet, make to write across the sticker “evacuated” so rescuers don’t waste time looking for animals that aren’t there.

  5. Consider leaving your pets temporarily with a “foster parent.” Obviously, this isn’t a decision to be taken lightly, but not all shelters for people accept pets. You’re going to need someone you trust and is reliable — and is willing to care for your pets. Make note of kennels and boarding facilities, too.

  6. After a disaster, slowly reintroduce your pets to your home. Things may look and smell different, which can disorient your pet. Make sure there are no hidden hazards and don’t allow them to roam loose. Try to resume a normal routine as soon as possible.

Hopefully, you won’t have to deal with a catastrophic event any time soon, but remember Ben Franklin’s axiom that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”


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  3. Very important topic. Thanks for sharing and explaining so nicely.

  4. We have just started our dog care business and came across this article.

    So happy to see that someone else is emphasizing the value of being prepared. Never would have thought of having stickers by the door to let search and rescue know who is all in the house. Excellent point!

    As owners of a dog care business, we make sure that we ourselves and all of our employees are well versed in “what to do if” situations. Thanks for sharing about preparing!

  5. Great article, it breaks my heart when I see disaster evacuations on the news and there are pups left behind 🙁 Preparation is key for anything in life but especially when you are preparing for the forces of Mother Nature. Everyone thinks it could never be them but we all know that isn’t the case!

  6. My husband and I have been talking about how we ought to start some emergency preparedness planning for our family. I liked how you suggested considering what disasters might be present based off where we live so we can plan accordingly. We’ll definitely take this into consideration as we come up with how our family ought to be best protected when faced with crisis.

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