Storm Preparedness

Elizabeth Rogers, DVM

It is that time of year again. Tornados, hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, severe weather, and fires – oh my! They can be devastating in nature. No one is exempt from the possibility of being personally affected.  It is a good idea to have a plan in place in case of disaster. Here are some tips to get ready.

Getting started:

  1. Identification
  • Make sure that cats and dogs are wearing collars with identification tags and current rabies tag.
  • Identification tags should include your pet’s name and your cell phone number
  • Make sure that your pet is microchipped. You will increase your chances of being reunited with your pet if it is microchipped.
  • Make sure that your pet’s microchip is registered in your name.


  1. Assemble Evacuation Kit
  • 2 weeks supply of food – dry and canned
  • 2 weeks supply of water- in plastic jugs with secure lids
  • Batteries- flashlight and radio
  • Cage/carrier- one for each pet with your contact information
  • Can opener
  • Cat/wildlife gloves
  • Copies of veterinary records (including vaccine records and rabies certificate) and proof of ownership
  • Emergency contact list
  • Favorite toys, treats or blanket
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight
  • Pet’s medications
  • Leash and collar/harness
  • Litter, litter pan, and litter scoop
  • Map of evacuation routes
  • Muzzle for dog or cat
  • Paper litter or bedding for rabbits
  • Food and water dishes
  • Paper towels
  • Radio
  • Spoon
  • Trash bags


  1. Find a safe place to stay ahead of time
    1. Pet Friendly Hotel Accommodations
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      8. AAA members- Pet Friendly Travel Guide
    2. Make arrangements with friends or relatives.
  • Consider boarding at a kennel or veterinarian’s office.


After the Disaster

  • Keep your pets secured on a leash or in a carrier or inside your house
  • Do not allow your pets to roam loose.
  • Try to keep your pet’s routine as normal as possible.
  • Remain calm. Your pet may have increased anxiety because of your anxiety.
  • Contact your veterinarian if your pet is anxious.
  • Consider a thundershirt for your cat or dog to help ease anxiety.

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