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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Seriously susan! Yes, tell her to give her pets away to an already overcrowded shelter where pets get put to sleep everyday!! Good advise!!


Cathy, will all do respect, if you can't keep all 12 animals safe away from harm, you should not have them with you. Please be responsible.


I have more than 30 companions at home. If I can't get them out, I'll stay behind with them. Period.


Personally I think you all need to grow up a little bit. I'm willing to bet you're all under 30 would not as much life experience. If you want to help give her some good suggestions like keeping an emergency supply of food and water and her vehicle and a list of all the animals medications and their vaccination lists. She obviously cares about her animals as we all do. Perhaps your animals are not house pets. maybe they are cattle or goats and they won't fit in her car. My son and I DO have a disaster plan and between the two of us, we have four dogs and about 100 reptiles. And yes we would be able to take them all with us the only ones that might pose a larger problem is the fish.


Dont listen to these people until they get the stick out of their ass... Judgement that's why i like animals/pets better than most people


You should really plan ahead now. Be proactive, your animals are depending on you! Talk to your local shelters, rescues, friends to see how they would be able to help. Some shelters will house pets in an event of a disaster. Post a "In case of an emergency" sign to let emergency responders know you have animals inside and how many. What would happen to your animals if something happened to you and no one knew your animals were there? If you really love them prepare for them. I deal with a lot of senior citizen that get pets that are way too much for them ( too big, or so active they end up injured). as I tell them when matching up pets to owners, only take on what you can handle ( physically & financially).


Agreed, Raquel.


You are right Cathy. If nothing else that I can do, will stay with my pets.


Don't listen to susan, she has no common sense.


Having been in situations with extreme weather, I have seen animals put in crates in a basement where the basement sadly flooded, actually trapping the pets in un-escapable circumstances. I think the question was aimed at ensuring the animals are safe under "unforeseen" circumstances.