Pets require special planning consideration both when sheltering in place or evacuating.
When planning for pets during a disaster, consider
- Food and water needs. Your pets will require water for hydration—at least one gallon per day, per animal.
If you need to evacuate, consider:
- Pet supplies such as food, medications, special needs
- Identification tags
- Crating needs
- Collars, harnesses, and leashes/leads to keep your pets close to you, especially if they become nervous or frightened
- Transportation needs
- Vaccination records and/or tags, especially for rabies vaccine
- Most shelters, but not all, will have a location to shelter animals
Pets may exhibit behavioral changes before, during, and after a disaster. If relocated to an unfamiliar location, such as a shelter, pets may become uncharacteristically aggressive or, in some cases, passive.