Due to the increasing number of natural disasters across
the United States, animal owners are being advised by the
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and by State
and local government emergency management coordinators,
to design emergency disaster plans that include horses,
pets and livestock. It is important for pet owners to realize
that in a disaster they must take their pets with them,
the family cat, dog, bird, horse or any other animals being
cared for need to be included in family disaster plans.
(See: Your Pet Disaster Kit Should Include, at the bottom
of this page.)
Despite the best of efforts, disaster relief workers have
seen animals that are separated from their owners and become
victims of wild fires, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes and
hurricanes. People had the Federal Emergency Management
Agency, Red Cross or National Guard to help them. But people
shelters couldnt take in animals, and far too many terrified
animals were left behind.
American Animal Welfare Society uses an adapted
motor coach (bus) equipped with caging for small animals.
Because these environmentally controlled unites are mobile,
rescue workers can provide temporary housing for pets at
the disaster site. They also allow for animals that are
not soon reunited with their owners to be transported to
the nearest animal shelter for longer-term housing and minor
But, the benefit of these busses does not end there. Federal
and State agencies have also called on American Animal Welfare
Society when they close down substandard breeding facilities
and needed assistance to transport the animals. Small animals
that are removed by the appropriate law enforcement agency
have been transported to animal shelters for evaluation,
treatment, and care.
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Your Pet Disaster Kit Should Include:
Record of I.D. tags, microchip,
leg bands, or tattoos to help reunite separated pets and
If you use a "pet sitter" while on vacation, discuss
disaster plans and evacuation sites.
Several current pictures of your animals and keep them
with your important papers.
Pet first aid kit and first aid book.
Pet medications and medical records in a waterproof container
Pet food and treats
Drinkable water in plastic bottles
Can opener for canned food
Sturdy leashes, harnesses and/or carriers so you can move
your pets safely and they cant escape (remember they may
be scared and may act different than usual)
The name of your veterinarian
Pet beds and toys, if there is room.