Below are recommendation for caring for your pet in an emergency. Emergency officials will announce through the media which shelters are designated as pet-friendly.
n Two-week food supply
n Two-week supply of water in plastic gallon jugs
n Cage/carrier for each animal, labeled with contact information
n Manual can opener
n Copies of veterinary records including pets’ current rabies vaccination certifications and proof of ownership
n Toys, treats
n First aid kit
n Medications including instructions and veterinarian contact numbers
n Leash, ID collar, harness for each animal
n Litter, litter pan, scoop
n Muzzles for dog or cat
n Pet bedding
n Photograph of pet
n Food and water dishes
n Paper towels
n Trash bags
Animal first aid kit
n Activated charcoal (liquid)
n Anti-diarrhea medicine
n Antibiotic ointment for wounds
n Antibiotic eye ointment
n Bandage scissors, tape
n Cotton bandage rolls
n Cotton-tipped swabs
n Elastic bandage rolls
n Eye rinse (sterile)
nFlea and tick treatment
n Gauze pads and rolls
n Hydrogen peroxide
n Ice cream sticks, which may be used as splints
n Alcohol prep pads
n Latex gloves
n Liquid dish detergent for wound cleansing
n Medications and preventatives
n Saline for wounds
n Styptic powder clotting agent
n Syringe or eyedropper
n Thermometer (digital)
n Towel and washcloth
n Additional pet shelters may open if needed. Monitor media coverage.
n Space is limited and no more than two family members will be admitted in pet shelter area.
n Dogs, cats and birds are allowed.
n Check petswelcome.com for motels and hotels that allow pets.
n Bring animals inside.
n Make sure all animals have collars and some form of ID securely fastened.
n Place all small pets inside individual carriers. When stressed, animals can become aggressive.
n Secure leashes on dogs.
n Load larger animal cages/carriers into your vehicle to serve as temporary housing for animals if needed.
n Load the animal evacuation kit and supplies into your vehicle.
n Call prearranged animal evacuation site to confirm space.
n Implement your equine/livestock evacuation plan.
n If you must leave equine/livestock behind, relocate them to a predetermined safe place. Ensure that they have access to a safe food source, clean water, a safe area or high ground above flood levels. Do not rely on automatic watering.
n Secure or remove outdoor objects that may turn into flying debris.
— Sources: American Veterinary Medical Association, Dr. Terry Clikes, Braden River Animal Hospital, Humane Society of Manatee County