Disaster Supply Checklist for Pets

Every member of your family should know what he or she needs to take when you evacuate. You also need to prepare supplies for your pet. Stock up on non-perishables well ahead of time, and have everything ready to go at a moment's notice. Keep everything accessible, stored in sturdy containers (duffel bags, covered trash containers, etc.) that can be carried easily.

If you reside in an area prone to certain seasonal disasters, such as flooding or hurricanes that might require evacuation, create a kit to keep in your car.

Items to Include

In your pet disaster kit, you should include:

  • Food and water for at least 5 days for each pet, bowls and a manual can opener if you are packing canned pet food
  • Medications and medical records stored in a waterproof container and a 1st aid kit (A pet first aid book is also good to include)
  • Cat litter box, litter, garbage bags to collect all pets' waste, and litter scoop
  • Sturdy leashes, harnesses, and carriers to transport pets safely and to ensure that your pets can't escape
    • Carriers should be large enough for the animal to stand comfortably, turn around and lie down (Your pet may have to stay in the carrier for hours at a time while you are away from home)
    • Be sure to have a secure cage with no loose objects inside it to accommodate smaller pets (These may require blankets or towels for bedding and warmth, and other special items)
  • Current photos and descriptions of your pets to help others identify them in case you and your pets become separated and to prove that they are yours
  • Pet beds and toys, if you can easily take them, to reduce stress
  • Information about your pets' feeding schedules, medical conditions, behavior problems, and the name and number of your veterinarian in case you have to board your pets or place them in foster care

Other useful items include newspapers, paper towels, plastic trash bags, grooming items, and household bleach.