Animal Evacuation Checklist

By Friends & Neighbors June 15, 2016 08:30

Photo by Suzy HopkinsSmall animals

What to pack for household pets

Emergency kit Prepare a disaster kit and store it within easy reach. Include for each pet:

  • vaccination records
  • care instructions (include frequency, type and amount of food, medications)
  • current photo (even better, a photo of you with the pet)
  • seven-day supply of food, water and medication
  • pet first-aid kit, including medications, adhesive wrap, gauze pads, antibiotic ointment, tweezers, hand sanitizer
  • food bowls, can opener, blankets or towels, cat litter and box, scoop, pet waste bags and spray disinfectant
  • familiar toys and bedding to reduce pet stress

Carriers Have leashes and pet carriers ready for each dog and cat. Make sure crates are large enough for pets to stand up and turn around in, and that the pet is comfortable getting in and out prior to an emergency. Pheromone sprays may help with calming. Label each carrier with the pet’s name, your name and where you can be reached.

Identification Have identification ready for each pet – licenses, ID tags, microchips.

Emergency shelter Make advance preparations with friends, relatives, neighbors or a boarding facility – or devise a reciprocal plan with friends whose pets may also need shelter during a disaster.

Large Animals

Preparing to evacuate livestock

Animal inventory Create a written list of animals, including their location and feed requirements, vaccinations and tests.

Disaster kit Prepare an emergency kit with:

  • halters, leads, cages and appropriate tools
  • feed, water and buckets
  • sanitation tools and supplies

Identification Have photos and proof of ownership for each animal. Emergency ID methods can include painting or etching hooves, body marking with crayon, clipping phone numbers or farm initials in the hair, neck banding, ID tags on halters or braided into horses’ manes, and glue-on numbers.

Transportation Regularly inspect trailers and tow vehicles for safe operation, including tire pressure. Horse owners should have their trailers hooked up and pointed in the right direction. Teach horses how to load into different types of trailers. When evacuating, close barn doors to prevent animals from running back inside.

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By Friends & Neighbors June 15, 2016 08:30
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