The Humane Society of the United States offers these tips for inclusion in your family disaster plan:
- Do not leave your pets behind.
- Fasten a current identification tag to your pet’s collar and carry a photo of your pet. Include the phone number of a friend or family member on the tag so anyone who may find your pet is able to reach someone who knows you.
- Transport pets in secure pet carriers and keep pets on leashes or harnesses.
- Call hotels in a safe/host location and ask if you can bring your pets. Ask the manager if a no-pet policy can be lifted during the disaster. Most emergency shelters do not admit pets. [with the exception of legitimate service animals]
- Call friends, family members, veterinarians or boarding kennels in a safe/host location to arrange foster care if you and your pets cannot stay together.
- Pack a week’s supply of food, water and other provisions, such as medication or cat litter.
- Do not wait until the last minute to evacuate. Rescue officials may not allow you to take your pets if you need to be rescued.
- Keep a list of emergency phone numbers (veterinarian, local animal control, animal shelters, Red Cross, etc.
- The Red Cross can help you in advance with animal First Aid
This is a link to the Red Cross Pet Safety Checklist