Evacuating with Your Pets
Family pets should never be left behind in an evacuation. As families in evacuation areas prepare
for hurricane season, they also need to plan for the family pet.
Decide now where you and your family will stay if local officials call for an evacuation.
Many hotels or shelters may not allow pets. Prepare an emergency kit for each pet in a
waterproof, easyto-carry container. Families evacuating in their own vehicles can use this check list:
- A secure pet carrier, cage or crate, plus leash and collar or harness for each pet
- Muzzle (Anxiety and stress can cause any pet to bite. A muzzle serves to protect both the pet
and other people.)
- An up-to-date identification tag on your pet's collar and proof of ownership, such as a picture of
you with your pet
- Veterinary records and medications, such as flea or heartworm treatment, along with emergency
- One week's worth of food and water for each pet, including dishes, spoon and a can opener
- Written feeding and medication instructions, including what NOT to feed your pet
- Clean-up supplies: paper towels, newspaper, kitty litter with pan and scoop for cats, sealable
bags for disposing of waste, wet and dry wipes and hand sanitizers
- Pet toys, bedding and treats
If you will need transportation assistance during an evacuation, dial 2-1-1 in advance to add your
name to the Transportation Assistance Registry. No one will be denied transportation assistance
because he or she is traveling with a pet.
For more information about household pets and livestock during evacuation and sheltering, see: