It is helpful to create an emergency kit specific to your pets needs. This will help you in the event that your family and pets get stuck at home during a disaster and need supplies as well as if you need to evacuate your home quickly and take supplies with you.
Remember to check your emergency kit on a routine basis to ensure that you are replacing items that have expired.
Items to include for your pet emergency kit are:
- Food (enough for at least 3 days per pet)
- Water (enough for at least 3 days per pet in addition to the water you need for yourself and your family)
- Feeding dish and water bowl
- Medicine, medical records, and vet contact information
- First aid kit and reference book (discuss with your vet the items you will need and how to use them)
- Extra collar with ID tag, harness, and leash
- Photocopies and/or electronic copies of important documents (such as registration information, adoption papers, vaccination records, owner contact information, microchip information, emergency contact information, etc. in a plastic bag)
- Create or pet carrier (if applicable)
- Sanitation items (pet litter and litterbox if applicable, paper towels, trash bags, newspapers, disinfectant)
- A recent photo of you and your pet together (to help identify your pet if you get separated)
- Familiar items that will make your pet more comfortable (favorite toys, treats, and bedding)
- A handout with boarding instructions/important information about your pet in the event you take them to a shelter for temporary housing during a disaster