According to the US Humane Society, just under 80 million households have a pet. Planning for a disaster when you have a furbaby adds a whole other level of need. After Hurricane Katrina, Congress passed the PETS Act that authorizes FEMA to rescue and give shelter to household pets and service animals.
If you have a pet, your emergency kit for your furry friend should include the following:
Food: At least three days of food in an airtight, waterproof container.
Water: At least three days of water for your pet, in addition to water needs for humans.
Medicines and medical records: Keep an extra supply of meds for your pet in a waterproof container.
First aid kit: Ask your vet what you should include.
Collar with ID tag, harness or leash: Your pet should have a collar with its rabies and ID tags on them.
Important documents: Copies of your pets’ registration info, adoption papers, vaccination and medical records.
Crate or pet carrier: Depending on the size of your pet, a carrier may be the best way to transport them. Also, once you reach a safe area, a crate may make your pet feel more secure.
Sanitation: Include pet litter and a litter box. Also, newspapers, paper towels, plastic bags. Household chlorine bleach can help with sanitation needs (dilute nine parts water to one part bleach).
A picture of you and your pet together: If you become separated from your pet, a picture of you and your pet will help document ownership and assist you in identifying your pet. Include information about species, breed, age, sex, color and distinguishing characteristics.
Familiar items: A favorite toy, treats or bedding will help reduce the stress of your pet.
Consider two kits: In one, put everything your pet will need to stay where you are. In the other a smaller, lightweight version that you can take with you if you need to evacuate.