Are you prepared to take care of your pet when disaster strikes? If not, NOW is the time to make your plans.
Before an Evacuation
In addition to having a 72-hour emergency kit for your family, you should also prepare one for your pet. Preparing in advance will increase the likelihood that your animals remain safe and healthy during an emergency. Your pet survival kit should include:
- 72 hour food supply including bowls and a can opener
- 72 hour water supply
- Leash, harness, muzzle
- Pet carrier
- Medical/vaccination records, medication and veterinarian contact information - always keep copies of these in your grab 'n go kit
- ID tags and micro chip number
- Blankets and toys
- An X-pen if you have room
View more detailed lists here.
Make sure this is packed and ready
to go in case you need to leave
on a moment's notice.
Remember where you keep this grab 'n go kit. In case you are away from home and someone else (a friend or emergency animal organization such as CDART) comes to evacuate your animals, let them know where this kit is so they can bring it out with your pet.
- If you use a kennel, find out what their emergency plan is
(in case you're out of town)
- Really educate yourself on any medications your animals take
- Find out in your local community what resources are available for pets
and animals during emergencies, so you know what group to contact if
- A good idea if you're going to be away, and your area might be in
danger, is to preregister your information with the local emergency animal
rescue group in your area, so they know to go ahead and assist your animals
if something happens.
- Kennels and hobby farmers should set up mutual aid agreements with
similar type properties, so they can help each other out during disasters.
Visit each other's locations, learn your way around (where the keys are,
where the water is, etc.).
- It is always a good idea for people with larger or farm animals, farmers in particular, to consider removing animals from the area during evacuation alert stage. Sometimes when an order comes there is not enough time to get them out.
If your local area does not have a group on record for your district to assist animals during emergencies, you can contact CDART to come in and help train people to set up a CDART chapter in your area.
During an Evacuation
If emergency officials order your community to evacuate to a safer location, it’s important to know that support is available for pets.
If it's not safe
for you, it's not safe for pets
so don't leave them behind
Experienced animal volunteers at Emergency Social Services evacuation reception centres will receive any pets and move them to a safe place where they will be cared for until you’re able to return home.
Make the evacuation reception
centre your first point of contact and ask them to put you in touch with the
animal assistance organization
Stock up on items that you will need so you will not get caught unprepared. In the links below, you will find handy shopping lists for you to use. The next time you buy food or supplies for your pet, take this list with you. Don't put off doing what you should do now - it may just make the difference between being able to keep your pet alive when a disaster strikes.
- Cat Grab 'n Go Shopping List
- Dog Grab 'n Go Shopping List
- Bird Grab 'n Go Shopping List
- Horse Grab 'n Go Shopping List
If you have any questions about how to plan for emergency preparedness for your pet, please contact us at
26 Weeks to Family Emergency Preparedness
Below is a document prepared by the Provincial Emergency Program on little things you can do each week for 26 weeks in order to ensure your household is fully prepared in case a disaster happens. Sometimes it's a bit overwhelming for us to prepare an entire emergency plan all at once, so breaking it up into smaller tasks over a longer period of time makes the process easier!
Download the 26 Weeks to Family Emergency Preparedness PDF
Below is a lighthearted video that illustrates the 10 steps to household emergency preparedness planning. This video comes to us by way of Vancouver Emergency Social Services:
If you like this video or want to comment on it, click on this link to go directly to You Tube. Dean Karalekas is an amateur videographer, JIBC student and volunteer with the Vancouver ESS program. As part of his JIBC studies, Dean put together this video which covers many of the emergency preparedness principles they try to get out to the public in a very different way.