Pets are an important part of family life and your emergency planning preparations should consider their welfare too.

For short term overnight evacuations it might be most appropriate to leave certain pets safely indoors, but there will be instances when this is not an option.

In case you have to evacuate your home

  • Check with friends or relatives living outside your immediate area to see if they would be willing and able to shelter your animals if necessary.
  • Make a list of pet boarding shelters that might be able to accommodate your animals in emergencies.
  • If you have to evacuate and intend to stay in a hotel or other lodging accommodation, take the time to check their policies on accepting pets and whether a ‘no pet’ policy would be waived in an emergency.

In case you have to remain in your home

  • Make sure your pets remain indoors with you where they are safe – remember pets may be frightened as well.
  • Maintain an emergency supply of food, medicines and water for your pet(s), along with your other emergency supplies.

Your Pet Grab Bag should include

  • Pet food and treats (with can opener for canned food)
  • Drinkable water in plastic bottles
  • Pet medications and medical records in a waterproof container
  • Sturdy leashes, harnesses and/or carriers so you can move your pets safely and they can’t escape (remember they will be scared and may act differently from usual)
  • Current photos of your pet in case they get lost
  • The name and contact details of your vet
  • Pet beds and toys (if there is room)

NOTE: As a general precaution, ensure your pets have identification (tags and collars if appropriate) or, better still, have an identity chip fitted.

For additional information look at the Safer Pets website