For Pets and Livestock

Plan for pets

  • Take animals with you if you need to evacuate. Only as a last resort should animals be left behind.
  • Many emergency shelters cannot accept animals. Before disaster strikes, find out which hotels/shelters allow animals.
  • If you have to leave your animals at home, keep them inside a secure area. Leave at least a 10-day supply of dry food and water. Put signs on windows and doors indicating the number and type of animals inside and your contact information.
  • Keep your pets’ vaccinations and ID tags up to date.
  • Be sure ID tags are on collars and consider a microchip.
  • Prepare a pet emergency kit with leashes, collars, portable carriers, water, food, medications, sanitation materials, immunization records, first-aid kit, and photos to prove ownership.
  • Don’t leave pets in vehicles, tethered, or crated without you.
  • Your pet’s behavior may change after a crisis, becoming more aggressive or self-protective.

Plan for Livestock

  • Post emergency contact numbers on barn and/or pasture fence.
  • Write your phone number on your stock with a permanent marker if you have to release them.
  • Have a supply of feed at a separate location.
  • Involve family and neighbors in an evacuation plan.
  • Make a kit with leads, halters, first aid, quieting hoods, water, photos and a copy of your ownership papers.