Do You Have a Plan?

Monday, August 27, 2012 - 12:30pm
evacuating with pets

As Tropical Storm Isaac bears down on the Gulf Coast, we have some essential storm safety tips for pet parents.

• Bring pets indoors at the first sign of the storm. Animals can become disoriented and wander away from home during a disaster.

• Arrange a safe haven for yourself and your pets in the event of evacuation. Do not leave pets behind.

• Store an emergency kit—with items such as pet food, bottled water, medical records, a blanket, a flashlight and leashes—as close to an exit as possible.

• Make sure all pets wear collars and tags with up-to-date identification.

• Affix a rescue alert sticker to your front door or window to let rescuers know that there are pets inside your home.

• Choose a designated caregiver to take care of your pet in the event you are unable to do so.

No matter where you live, it’s always a good idea to develop an evacuation plan well in advance of a major storm or emergency.

“Disasters threaten the safety of people and animals alike, and it’s often too late to create a plan for your pets when you’re in the middle of a crisis,” says Tim Rickey, Senior Director of the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response Team.

For more information on how to keep yourself and your pet safe in the event of an emergency, please read our complete list of Disaster Readiness tips.