Apply rescue alert stickers on front/back doors and high visibility areas outside your home.
Obtain stickers that show:
A) How Many Animals Live In Your Home
B) Your Veterinarian’s Name And Phone Number
C) Write "Evacuated Animals" on stickers if they’re with you
To get alert stickers for doors + high-visible areas, try:
Your local companion animal supply store.
Your local animal shelter. ASPCA Free Pet Safety Pack ARF Free Rescue Alert Sticker
Or Google "Pet Rescue Alert Stickers" for a variety of
stickers, free or sold by different vendors.
Are you in danger? Then so are your animals! Your best choice: If you leave, they leave.
If they can't evacuate with you, have trusted caregivers on standby. Left behind animals drown, starve, burn or escape into a chaotic landscape of disease, injury and death. Animals are as vulnerable and defenseless as children. They are as fearful and disoriented as humans.
Contact your local Red Cross Chapter to find out which emergency shelters accept animals. Some now accommodate companion animals. Most still do not.
Never leave animals to fend for themselves. You could be gone days to weeks or longer.
Write animal's name + your contact info on each carrier.
Tape special medical and feeding instructions to carrier.
If sheltering animals, make plans during initial disaster warnings. Animal shelters fill fast. Call ahead.
If sheltering animals elsewhere, include the physical location in your evacuation route.
during disaster: with your animals If you live in a region prone to natural trauma such as tornadoes, floods, hurricanes wildfires, or earthquakes — have your animal disaster plan in place.
Never leave animals outside in a storm or other approaching disaster. When time to hunker down, your scared companion may be impossible to locate.
Designate safe-haven rooms that are hazard-free, without windows, flying debris, etc. Safe zones may include utility rooms, bathrooms, or basements.
For floods, stay in the highest point of your home or a room with counters or high shelves to let animals survive.
When electricity loss is imminent, always fill bathtubs and sinks BEFORE the disaster, to assure your access to water during a power outage or other crisis.
If officially advised to remain home, keep animals with you. Have your ANIMAL DISASTER KIT supplies close at hand. If animals grow anxious during in-house confinement, consider crating them for safety and comfort.
after disaster: love & familiar faces Animals need loving hands and familiar voices after a disaster. Even a blanket or clothing item (if you have them) with a memorable smell can ease anxiety.
Walk animals on a leash until they reorient to their home. Familiar smells and sights may have changed and cause animals to become confused or lost. Moreover, downed power lines, reptiles or other critters swept in with high waters, and debris can threaten animals post-disaster.
Some animals are so traumatized, they become defensive, aggressive, or not themselves (not eating, lethargic or hyper, depressed). Monitor post-disaster behavior and help them feel as comfortable and safe as possible.
IF ANIMALS ARE MISSING AFTER A DISASTER:
Contact animal control, humane societies and rescue groups to learn where displaced animals are held. Don't give up! Try media, government, law enforcement and other agencies that compile disaster resources. Many animals lost in Hurricane Katrina were reunited with guardians via internet searches. If your animal was found, someone wants you to know.
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