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Being Prepared for Disasters--Making an Emergency Kit for Your Pet

Pack it all in ONE location -- grab & go ready is key for success



 What to keep in your kit




  • Your pet’s Medical Records. High-tech collars, such as those powered by PetHub, link to an online profile for your pet and store critical medical information that is easy to access.
  • Simple guide to first aid for your pet
  • Animal first aid kit and several pairs of gloves, in case you have to tend to a sick or injured pet, or human
  • Extra collars and leashes on hand, in case frightened pets get out of the ones they’re wearing
  • Extra dishes for food and water
  • Canned food for dogs and cats, and be sure you have a manual can opener and plastic spoons, to get the food out
  • A small litter box and a supply of cat litter would also be a good thing to have on hand, as well as a small supply of newspaper, in case you can’t take the dogs out to the bathroom
  • Crates for each animal—pets are likely to become scared and disoriented, so once they are in a safe place, away from the disaster area, make sure they are crated so they will not bolt in fear from all the commotion.
  • Plenty of bottles of water
  • Several flashlights and batteries on hand, in case of power loss
  • Blankets for both humans and animals, regardless of what region you live in.
  • Animal first aid kit and several pairs of gloves, in case you have to tend to a sick or injured pet, or human
In case the worst happens and you get separated from your animal, make sure you have them properly protected before disaster strikes:

  • Always have a collar with an updated tag on your pet—disasters don’t work on a schedule, they can happen at any time. Consider a digital ID that links to an online profile that can be updated at any time.
  • Consider getting pet insurance, especially Emergency Medical Coverage that covers injuries that might occur should your pet run away during the disaster. These insurance policies greatly increase the chance your pet will get immediate care should they be injured and then found by a Good Samaritan.
  • Have pictures of your pet in your disaster kit that you can show to first responders and rescue workers, as well as neighbors
  • Communicate! Discuss where your pets would be most likely to hide in the event of an emergency situation and determine someone who would be willing to provide temporary shelter for your pet should you need to go to an emergency shelter that does not allow pets.