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!

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Then get a carrier for each one!


Taking them with you is always an option. You just have to figure out what you may need to do it and make sure you have all the necessary equipment ahead of time. For instance, if you get a decent size carrier, you could fit 2 - 3 cats in each, allowing you more room in your vehicle for other things. If it were a situation that you would have to hike out for an evacuation, you can consider options such as a pet stroller. They make them so that the pets are contained and can't jump out. A good size one could hold 6 cats in an emergency. If a stroller is not an option because of rough terrain, consider a collar and leash on each one. Cats are capable of walking and if it means saving their lives you make concessions. Take into consideration where you live, what disasters are an immediate threat to your area and how many people live with you that could be helpful, what you would need if those things happened. Maybe even have a couple back-ups. Maybe if you decided the pet stroller may work, have that available but bring enough collars & leashes for each pet, just in case the terrain eventually stops you from using it. Or if you think you may be able to drive out, bring the stroller & leashes in case you become unable to continue your drive. Maybe purchase something used that you can rig to work for your situation. There are lots of options. You just have to figure out what works for you. And as long as you plan in advanced, you can make just about anything work.


Debra and Aline are right - you are wrong.


For those of you who said there is no way you could take all of yours with you because you have multiple --- SHAME ON YOU! I have 7 LARGE dogs and 11 cats and a Parrot. I would not leave my house WITHOUT ALL OF THEM!! No how, no way. I love my animals and they are family. If you have 3 kids, would you leave 1 of them because you couldn't carry all? IDIOT!!


You go girl!! They are your pets not your animals.


You said that I was wrong in question one. You can not assume that every dog is outside. Since my brood are inside dogs with free run of the house I would not have to "bring them in". I would be more concerned of having easier access to "take and run" with them and not have to worry that they are without their tags and ME.

Anna Gates

I didn't understand the question either. It just means: 'at first sign of a storm outside OR of the first warning by TV, say, what would you do?' If they had made the question and answers clearer, knowing your dog could be anywhere too, then, I might have thought 'my dog could be nervously shaking and bringing him in will keep him from being struck by lightning. I think the main point here is that you 'don't know' if it will be serious enough to evacuate, but this quiz was on tornado damage and stuff, so I still feel that you and I are right and they're wrong.


Do they have tags? If not they should just in case they should get out and decide to run for it. I had a kitten once and knew from the get go that he was going to be an indoor pet but I went out ASAP and got him a name tag, and then his rabies tag because he loved going outdoors.


I have a small dog and 2 male cats, one of them is a senior and they are my children and would NEVER leave them alone or leave without them in a disaster situation. I have a medium cage big enough to put both cats in and run, also have harness and leash always in reach and extra harness and leash in my car just in case and my little girl is chipped so God forbid she ever does get lost they can find me and my emergency contact for her! Granted reading this I realize I may not be as prepared as I should be, tomorrow I will get a water proof container and put in pet supplies and food for all of us. Thank you for bringing this information to my attention!


As I replied to Cathy;
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.