Make sure that your pets are current on all vaccines.Some shelters will only take them in with proof of vaccines.

  • Have a photo,hopefully your pet is microchipped and place all documents in waterproof container.
  • Make sure that all pet carriers are the right size for each pet.Bring extra collars, muzzles and leashes.
  • Extra blankets and chew toys
  • Never leave your pets or animals behind .Plan ahead and organize a stay at friends or family that are not in evacuation zones.Pet friendly shelters are always a good option.


  • Bring all pets and animals indoors well ahead of a storm.
  • If you are going to a shelter make sure that it is pet friendly and that you arrive well ahead of time with all necessary paperwork.Try to always have your pet microchipped prior to any evacuations and emergencies.
  • Always call a shelter well ahead of time to determine that they have space for you and your pooch.
  • Do not take your pets to the beach or piers during a storm .
  • Do not leave them unattended to in a car during flood warnings.
  • Do not tie them up to anything or leave them outside in cold weather.
  • Use a GPS dog tracking collar.


  • Walk pets on dry land only and not submerged water.Downed power lines, reptiles and sharp objects may be lurking in ¬†dirty water.
  • Let your pets become oriented to their “new home” by smelling and marking new territory.(outside the shelters)Remember that old familiar smells will be altered with flooding .
  • If you have lost your pet during an emergency or evacuation ,call your local animal control and start posting fliers.Anxious pets can suddenly become aggressive during stressful times.


  • All identification and vaccines must be kept in a waterproof container.
  • Two week supply of pet food and water
  • All medication and vitamins for your pets
  • Extra blankets and interactive toys
  • Muzzle, collars and leashes-double up on everything in case something breaks, which always seems to happen in an emergency.
  • Most importantly never leave your pets alone at home if you have to evacuate.Remember your pets depend on you to take care of them and don’t know what is happening around them.
  • Never take your pets out unleashed during an evacuation.Pets act up during stressful times and certain noises or situations may cause them to run away.
  • Always remain calm and if you can, play some classical music so that everyone, including your pets will relax.
  • Remain safe

Claudia Bensimoun

© Copyright 2012


  1. October 29, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Fingers crossed for the pets, as well as the owners.

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