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Animal Safety Plan: Preparing Pets For Evacuation

The best way to protect your family from the effects of a disaster is to have a disaster plan. If you are a pet owner, that plan must include your pets. Being prepared can save their lives.

If you must evacuate, make sure you find a safe shelter for your pets. Pets left behind can become injured, lost or ill. So, prepare now for the day when you and your pets may have to leave your home. (This list was modified from the Humane Society of the United States in cooperation with the American Red Cross.)

Before the Disaster

Don't forget your pet when preparing a family disaster plan. Assemble a portable pet disaster supplies kit. Keep items in an accessible place and store them in sturdy containers that can be easily carried. Your pet disaster supplies kit should include:

Have a Safe Place To Take Your Pets

Disaster shelters cannot accept pets because of health and safety regulations and other considerations. The only animals allowed in shelters are service animals that assist people with disabilities. Research your sheltering options before a disaster strikes.

During the Disaster

After the Disaster

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