Triple-digit temperatures are hitting people in the Western states. In addition, hurricanes and tropical storms are pounding the Eastern states. A natural disaster is something you accept as part of the “good and bad” of where you live. Most people have an emergency bag to take with them in case of a forced evacuation. But– if this were you, do you have a pet emergency kit prepared?

Your pet is a member of the family, right?

If you need to relocate, sometimes family members and pets get separated. Such a situation is another reason to have a pet emergency kit fully prepared, with documents.

What’s in a Disaster Pet Emergency Kit

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that you prepare a disaster kit for your pets with the following items:


  • Photocopied veterinary records
    • Rabies certificate
    • Vaccinations
    • Medical summary
    • Prescriptions for medications
    • Most recent heartworm test result (dogs)
    • Most recent FeLV/FIV test result (cats)
  • Photocopied registration information (ex: proof of ownership or adoption records)
  • Pet description(s) (ex: breed, sex, color, weight)
  • Recent photographs of each of your pets
  • Waterproof container for documents
  • Microchip information (ex: microchip number, name, and number of the microchip company)
  • Your contact information (phone numbers and addresses for your family and friends or relatives you may be staying with)

Water, Food, Medications

  • 2-week supply of food for each animal stored in waterproof containers
  • 2-week supply of water for each animal
  • Non-spill food and water dishes
  • Manual can opener
  • Feeding instructions for each animal
  • 2-week supply of any medications (if applicable)
  • Medication instructions (if applicable)
  • 1-month supply of flea, tick, and heartworm preventative

Other Supplies

  • Leash, collar with ID, and harness
  • Litter and litterbox (cats)
  • Toys
  • Appropriate-sized pet carrier with bedding, blanket, or towel
  • Pet first aid book and first aid kit
  • Cleaning supplies for accidents (paper towels, plastic bags, disinfectant)

For additional info, you should check out this great article from the ASPCA. It includes advice if you need special consideration for horses, birds, reptiles and “small creatures” (hamsters, gerbils, etc.)

Possible 2021 Disasters

AccuWeather predicts that the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season will deliver 16-20 named storms. Seven to 10 of them will be hurricanes. Three to five will become major hurricanes (maximum sustained winds of 111 mph or greater).

AccuWeather also forecasts tornado activity to be slightly above but near normal for 2021. That number will reach 1,350-1,500 tornadoes across the US.  

No matter where you live in the US, there is always the potential of a hurricane, tornado, blizzard, earthquake, forest fire, or other disaster.

Your pets are not going to understand what is going on. You should have a pet emergency kit with their favorite blanket or toys available. These will go a long way to keeping them calm during a disaster.

Meanwhile, you can get started right now by downloading the ASPCA pet safety pack. It contains emergency pet rescue stickers for windows & doors. These stickers will alert rescue personnel that pets are inside your home.

And in case you may need to board your pet, here is a form to fill out in advance. 

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