Regional Homeland Security Coordinating Committee

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Know What to Do if You Need to Evacuate

Pets require special planning

Pets & Evacuation

Disaster shelters often cannot accept pets and leaving pets behind is likely to result in their being injured, lost or worse.

Prepare now for the day when both you and your pets may have to evacuate.

  • Locate hotels and motels outside your immediate area that will accept pets.
  • Make arrangements with friends or relatives outside your area to shelter your animals.
  • Prepare a list of boarding facilities and veterinarians, including 24-hour emergency numbers
  • Keep essential supplies handy in a sturdy container that can be carried easily.

In some emergencies, such as flooding or hazardous material spills, it may be necessary to evacuate your home. Evacuation orders are issued by local governments. If possible, the orders will be broadcast on radio or television, but other warning systems, such as NOAA All-Hazard Radios, may be used. Be alert for instructions and follow the travel routes provided by authorities.

Before a disaster strikes, plan where you would go, how to get there and what to bring. Choose several possible destinations in different directions. Get road maps and figure out alternate routes. Identify potential meeting places for family members, both nearby and outside your neighborhood. Designate an out-of-town contact person (useful when local phone service is disrupted.)

If you don't have a car, plan for alternate transportation, such as riding with a neighbor. If you do have a car, try to always keep the gas tank at least half full.

Before evacuating, remember the following last-minute items:

For more information, contact your local emergency management office.