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.

terrier puppyWant to stay up-to-date on disaster preparedness?

Sign up to receive our weekly newsletter, ASPCA News Alert - you'll receive important updates on what's going on and how you can make an impact to save animals' lives!

Add new comment





Jerre Pierce

Good quiz. More and more counties are making arrangements to take in Owners and their pets in case of a disaster. DO YOUR HOMEWORK and be prepared, but NEVER NEVER LEAVE YOUR PET BEHIND!


I chose to put the leash on my dog if a disaster strikes so that I can catch him quicker because my dog already stays inside! It's a given!
I pray everyone stays safe. GOD BLESS. Remember GOD spelled backwards is DOG!


Debra, I chose the same answer. My dog, and best friend, lives inside with me. I pray we never have to evacuate, but if we do, the ONLY option would be to take him with me.

Anna Gates

I chose to put the leash on my dog too!! My dog is 15 years old and is often inside.

Henry's Mom

Thank you Debra, I did the same, there wasn't an option for bring the pet indoors and the all important leash in a disaster, this is just as important as always having a leash in your car in the event of a disaster while traveling, or needing to rescue a distressed animal. The part about someone designated to take care of the animals is just the other part of the person disignated to care for the children in a disaster. Our dog is perhaps the most important member of the family, he consistently gives the most! And I always remember GOD is DOG spelled backwards.


I would put my dog in her dog bag. I already have a supply bag packed.


For the first question I chose put on the leash because it would be the easier way to take my pets out of the house in case they get scared. My dogs hide under the bed anytime they are scared, not an easy place to get 4 dogs out off in case of an emergency, unless I can grab their leash.


I chose "put a leash on" to question 1 because mine are inside dogs. If we needed to get away from the house, I could keep them close and under control.

rena reidt

question 4-if disaster strikes: what about the people who have more than one cat who aren't able to carry more than one at a time -I happen to have 6 so in that case taking them w/me is not an option.