Are You Prepared for a Major Disaster? Take the Quiz!

Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 2:30pm
ASPCA Disaster Response

If you were faced with a rapidly approaching hurricane or tornado, or were caught unawares by a devastating earthquake, what would happen to your pets? Do you have a plan for how you’d keep them safe?

If you’re among those who don’t have a plan, the time to create one is now. September is National Preparedness Month, and that means making sure you’re ready to keep both yourself and your pets safe in an emergency. Where to start? Read our tips for disaster preparedness. We’ll tell you everything you need to know to keep your precious companion animals safe in an emergency.

“It’s often too late to create a plan for your pets when you’re in the middle of a crisis,” says Tim Rickey, ASPCA Vice President of Field Investigations and Response. “The best thing to do is to be prepared in advance.”

Think you’re ready for anything? Take our preparedness quiz and find out!

If you’re in a position to do so, please consider making a donation to the ASPCA today. With your support, we’ve been able to dispatch our responders to the most harrowing sites of natural disasters without a moment’s hesitation. Help us be on the ground to help animals in need at the times when they need us most.

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I chose put pet in the basement cause I currently have 12 animals in this house and no way can I take them all w/me. Not even possible. I have no basement either, so guess we will all blow away together cause I won't leave them.


You said it all in that one comment. You don't have any pets YOU HAVE ANIMALS. 12 AMIMALS in 1 house is way to many OK, now let me see if I get this right, because you have no place to go and can't take them with you you would rather just get blown away together am I right? Why not just give them to the ASPCA so you will get blown away!


BTW My comment went to Cathy.


I disagree, I have 10 cats and a horse but have a beautiful 3500 sqft home on 2 acres of land and they are absolutely not over crowded or too many. If they are well cared for, receive medical care, and the owner will not leave them, what more would you ask? Do you think the ASPCA or another shelter would evacuate all of their animals too? While I have a vehicles equipped to safely transport all my animals, but give her credit for the dedication! Most would say the hell with it and leave them behind! So shut it Susan


HEY! AMANDA WHY DON'T YOU JUST SHUT UP!!! I really do applaud you that you would NEVER leave your pets behind that just goes to show how much you love them. You make sure they are well cared for,I'm sure you give them all the attention and love they deserve and that they receive medical care and have the vehicles equipped to safely transport them.


Why don't you just shut up? We don't care about what you have to say either.


You said it with one comment too. "get blown away together."

What she can do if she stays with her pets is not get blown away (which isn't likely) but calm them and be sure they are safe.

You don't know what kind of animals she has. Maybe she has fish or an ant farm. Or a bunch of rabbits.


Be nice - you don't know her circumstances!


No, you don't have animals either because humans are animals too. You have companions.


Really, I understand I have 4 cats and am working on finding carriers. If you want to die with your loved animals then so be it...