Evacuation Preparedness Tips for Pets in Flooding Zones

All pet owners should have an emergency supply kit for their animals, which should include:

• Three-or-more-day supply of food in airtight, water proof container, and drinking water.
• Bowls for food and water.
• Current photos and physical description of your pets, including details on markings.
• Medications, vaccination records and first aid pet supplies.
• Comfort items such as a toy and blanket.
• Small garbage bags.
• For dogs include–leash, harness and a sturdy carrier large enough to use as a sleeping area
• For cats include–litter and litter box and a sturdy carrier large enough for transport and for your cat to use as a temporary “apartment” for several days

NJSPCA advises putting the pet emergency supply kit directly in your car so it is ready to go if you need to evacuate quickly. Make sure your pet has visible identification on right now, before you have to leave home.

If officials call for an evacuation, pet owners should be aware that evacuation shelters may not accept pets, and they must plan their destination in advance. Hotels and motels may be willing to lift “no pet” restriction in an emergency. Friends and family members living outside the area may be able to provide shelter too.

More than 358 million pets reside in 63 percent of American households. A Zogby International poll found that 61 percent of pet owners will not evacuate if they cannot bring their pets with them.