How to Prepare

Are you prepared to take care of your dogs/cats when a disaster strikes?

If not, now is the time to stock up on the things you will need. Don’t put off doing what you should do now. It may just make the difference between being able to save the life of your pet.

Below is a shopping list.


Use the brand that your animal is used to.
Have at least enough to last one week.
Be sure to rotate the food to keep it fresh.
Include in your supplies a feeding and watering dish in case the one you usually use is destroyed or lost.


Have enough water to last at least one week for each pet in the household
Be sure to rotate the water so that it stays fresh.


A litter box and litter enough to last one week
A scooper to keep litter box clean
Plastic bags to dispose of animal waste
A small bottle of soap for cleaning animal dishes
Paper Towels for drying

Medical & Identification

Always keep ID on your pet (tag, microchip, tattoo)
In a Grab & Go Kit:

Make copies of all medical, Rx
Photos of your pet

Horse Evacuation

Owners should be prepared in the event of a disaster:

  • horse trailer or contact person(s) with trailer
  • horse identification:
    • micro chip
    • tattoo
    • photos and descriptions
    • animal safe paint/marker (spray or paint on your information)
    • grab and go kit with information/photos, phone numbers/alternate phone numbers and any important veterinary or medical /care information
  • alternate place to keep your horse in the event of an emergency
  • kit with halter, feed and water buckets

Evacuation procedures:

  • if time and notice allows, evacuate all animals with you 
  • if time does not allow,
    • make sure your horse has some kind of identification (see above)
    • make sure barn doors, corrals or other shelters are closed so the horse does not return to their shelter and become trapped
    • do not leave halters or ropes on your horse when turning them loose — your horse can become tangled and trapped
  • if you are not home and need assistance evacuating your horse, call PET – these volunteers are experienced in animal evacuations and will be allowed back in to rescue animals