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Lake County, Ohio - EMA

Pet Plan

    Pet Preparedness

    Make a Plan for what you will do in an emergency.

    Plan in advance what you will do in an emergency. Be prepared to assess the situation. Use common sense and whatever you have on hand to take care of yourself and ensure your pet’s safety during an emergency.

    Evacuate. Plan how you will assemble your pets and anticipate where you will go. If you must evacuate, take your pets with you, if practical. If you go to a public shelter, keep in mind your pets may not be allowed inside. Secure appropriate lodging in advance depending on the number and type of animals in your care. Consider family or friends outside your immediate area who would be willing to take in you and your pets in an emergency. Other options may include: a hotel or motel that takes pets or some sort of boarding facility, such as a kennel or veterinary hospital that is near an evacuation facility or your family’s meeting place. Find out before an emergency happens if any of these facilities in your area might be viable options for you and your pets.

    Develop a buddy system. Plan with neighbors, friends or relatives to make sure that someone is available to care for or evacuate your pets if you are unable to do so. Talk with your pet care buddy about your evacuation plans and show them where you keep your pet’s emergency supply kit. Also designate specific locations, one in your immediate neighborhood and other farther away, where you will meet in an emergency.

    Talk to your pet’s veterinarian about emergency planning. Discuss the types of things you should include in your pet’s emergency first aid kit. Get the names of vets or veterinary hospitals in other cities where you might need to seek temporary shelter. Also talk with your veterinarian about microchipping. If you and your pet are separated, this permanent implant for your pet and corresponding enrollment in a recovery database can help a veterinarian or shelter identify your animal. If your pet is microchipped, keeping your emergency contact information up to date and listed with a reliable recovery database is essential to you and your pet being reunited.

    Gather contact information for emergency animal treatment. Make a list of contact information and addresses of area animal control agencies including the Humane Society or ASPCA and emergency veterinary hospitals. Keep one copy of these phone numbers with you, and one in your pet’s emergency supply kit.

    Get Rescue Alert Stickers. Obtain a free ASPCA “Animals Inside” packet & sticker and place them on your doors or windows, including information on the number and types of pets in your home. Consider putting both your cell phone and your vet's phone number on the sticker. Petplan also provides free Pet Rescue Alerts with your pet's picture. And, if time permits, remember to write the words “Evacuated with Pets” across the stickers, should you evacuate your home with your pets.


    If you must leave your pet behind 

    • Put your pet in a safe, secure room without windows but with adequate ventilation, like a bathroom.
    • Leave enough food to last for seven days.
    • Fill up the sink, bathtub and containers that won’t tip over easily with water.  Your pet will be under stress and may drink more water than usual.  One to two gallons of water per day per pet can be used as a guideline.
    • Leave familiar bedding and safe toys that the pet is used to.
    • Don’t confine dogs and cats in the same space.  Cage small animals and birds.
    • Ensure that your pet is wearing identification tags.
    • Place a notice on your front door that there are pets in the house and where they are located.
    • Provide a telephone number where you can be reached or the number of your veterinarian.
    • If you expect flooding provide access to elevated spaces or counters.
    • Never leave your pet tied outside especially when expecting a flood.


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