Hurricanes, floods, train derailments, explosions and other disasters are devastating not only to us but also to our pets and livestock, who are frequently left helpless when disaster strikes.

Plan Ahead

By planning ahead you can save the lives of your animals. Here are some important tips to remember:

Develop an evacuation plan that includes your animals. Review it and update it regularly. Learn the location of pet-friendly shelters and hotels and have a designated destination if you have to leave home. Contact friends or relatives in advance to see if you and your pets would be welcome during an emergency.

Check on area boarding kennels and veterinary hospitals. Find out if they have evacuation plans in event of a disaster.

Be prepared to evacuate when advised by local government authorities. Have all supplies, kits, transportation and evacuation locations ahead of time. If you are told to evacuate, do not leave companion animals home alone. If the situation is bad enough for you to leave, then your animals should not be left behind.

Prepare a pet emergency supply kit for your animals. The kit should include:

For large animals, pack the following supplies:

 If you decide to stay at home, please keep the following in mind:

•  Bring companion animals indoors.
•  Do not leave domestic pets outside or tied up.
•  Prepare an area in the house where it's quiet and away from the windows.
•  Pets will be most comfortable in carriers or crates.
•  Let haltered livestock roam at large in fenced (not barbed wire) areas away from possible flying debris (tins roofs can be deadly).
•  Do not leave livestock in the barn in case it collapses. Leaving a halter on the animal will facilitate capture if they do break loose.