Why pet owners must plan

Public shelters set up for the community during disasters will not accept pets. If you wait until the last moment to evacuate, you may have no choice but to go to a public shelter. If such a situation should force you to leave your pets behind, please prepare your children and other family members for the fact that their pets may not survive or may be irretrievably lost before you are able or permitted to return to your home. There is no way to know how long it will be before you are permitted back after the storm.

Frightened animals quickly slip out open doors, broken windows or other damaged areas of your home opened by the storm. Released pets are likely to die from exposure, starvation, predators, contaminated food and water, or on the road where they can endanger others. Even normally friendly animals of different species should not be allowed together unattended, since the stress of the storm may cause distinct behavior changes.

Remember: If you must evacuate, conditions are not only unsafe for you, but unsafe for other living creatures as well.

Helpful links:

Here are some links to help you plan for your animals as well as yourself and your family:

How cold is too cold for your dog?

Animal Disaster Preparedness

Disaster Preparedness for Pets

Vehicle-deer accidents

Pets and Disaster Safety Checklist

Pet First Aid

Burns: First Aid for Pets

Emergency Preparedness and Pets

PDF download: Prepare for Pets

Fire Prevention Advice For Farmers

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