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Special Planning Needs for Pets

audio iconPodcast:
Preparedness for Pet Owners

by Sandy Scheiss,
Former Fire Chief,
Independence, Missouri

[Plain text transcript]

Different disasters require different responses, but in some cases you may have to evacuate your home. So prepare now for the day when both you and your pets may have to evacuate.

In a disaster, separate pet shelters will be established by local authorities, but supplies may not be available immediately, so plan ahead and make a pet supply kit. Get your pet microchipped now.

Pet supply kit

Pet evacuation plans

Planning and preparation will enable you to evacuate with your pets quickly and safely.