For many, preparing the whole family for an emergency also means preparing the family pets. Just as with humans, pets will need stored emergency supplies, someone to look in on them if you cannot reach them, and routine health needs addressed. See more on pet preparedness from the American Red Cross, the ASPCA and Ready.gov.
Download the ASPCA Mobile App for pet parents to get information on how to help you care for your pets before, during and after a disaster.
Remember that if you must evacuate, you must evacuate your pets, too! Do NOT leave your pets behind.
Fortunately, since 2006, human shelters often provide nearby pet shelters as part of their services thanks to the federal Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards (PETS) Act [42 U.S.C.A. § 5196a-d (2006)]. This act directs the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to develop emergency preparedness plans and ensure that state and local emergency plans take into account the needs of individuals with pets and service animals during a major disaster or emergency.
The following ASPCA infographics highlight the items you should include in your pet's portable emergency kit: