Plan & Prepare
Emergency Planning for Your Pet
Your emergency and evacuation plans must include provisions for your pets.
- Have a safe place to take your pets , especially in case an evacuation is ordered.
- Remember: During an evacuation, American Red Cross disaster shelters cannot accept pets. Service animals who assist people with disabilities are the only animals allowed in Red Cross shelters.
- Plan NOW, before an emergency, to find out whether friends, relatives or pet-friendly hotels can shelter your animals in the event of a disaster. Keep a list of pet-friendly places, including phone numbers, with your other disaster supplies.
- This directory of Pet-Friendly Hotels and Motels may help. Important: DO NOT ASSUME any hotel listed here will allow pets until you have called and spoken with someone at that hotel!
- Assemble a pet disaster supply kit
- Know what to do when a disaster approaches
For more information on developing your pet preparedness plan, visit Ready.gov http://www.ready.gov/america/getakit/pets.html to download the brochure.
You can take the free online training to help yourself and your family and community prepare for disasters:
IS-10.A: Animals in Disasters: Awareness and Preparedness
IS-11.A: Animals in Disasters: Community Planning
You can also get information about pet preparedness from the FEMA Library;
visit http://www.fema.gov/library/index.jsp and enter "pets ” in the "Keywords" field.“