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Emergency Planning for Your Pet

Your emergency and evacuation plans must include provisions for your pets.

  • Have a safe place to take your pets , especially in case an evacuation is ordered.
    • Remember: During an evacuation, American Red Cross disaster shelters cannot accept pets. Service animals who assist people with disabilities are the only animals allowed in Red Cross shelters.
    • Plan NOW, before an emergency, to find out whether friends, relatives or pet-friendly hotels can shelter your animals in the event of a disaster. Keep a list of pet-friendly places, including phone numbers, with your other disaster supplies.
    • This directory of Pet-Friendly Hotels and Motels may help. Important: DO NOT ASSUME any hotel listed here will allow pets until you have called and spoken with someone at that hotel!
  • Assemble a pet disaster supply kit
  • Know what to do when a disaster approaches

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For more information on developing your pet preparedness plan, visit Ready.gov http://www.ready.gov/caring-animals to download the brochure.

You can take the free online training to help yourself and your family and community prepare for disasters:

IS-10.A: Animals in Disasters: Awareness and Preparedness http://www.training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/courseOverview.aspx?code=IS-10.a

IS-11.A: Animals in Disasters: Community Planning http://www.training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/courseOverview.aspx?code=IS-11.a

You can also get information about pet preparedness from the FEMA Library; visit http://www.fema.gov/library/index.jsp and enter "pets in the "Keywords" field.

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