Pet Emergency Supply Kit

Importance of Kit

Pets are part of the family and should be included in your emergency preparations. In the event of an emergency evacuation, the most important thing you can do to protect your pets is to evacuate them too. If you are sheltering-in-place you should have an emergency supply kit prepared for you and your pets.

Leaving pets behind, even if you try to create a safe place for them, is likely to result in their being injured, lost, or worse.

What to Include

  • Medications and medical records (stored in a waterproof container) and a first aid kit
  • Sturdy leashes, harnesses, and/or carriers for transporting your pets
  • Current photos of your pets in case they get lost
  • Food, water, bowls, cat litter/pan, and can opener
  • Information on feeding schedules, medical conditions, and/or behavior problems
  • Your veterinarian’s contact information
  • Emergency contact information outside of your local area
  • Pet beds and toys, if easily transportable

Keep in Mind

  • Make sure all dogs and cats are wearing securely fastened collars with up-to-date identification tags. In case of an evacuation, include your cell phone number and name of the shelter where you are staying to the id tag.
  • The American Red Cross website, and the Humane Society of the United States website, are good resources for more information on how to care for your pets during an emergency.