Pets and disaster safety checklist

May 23, 2012 at 12:23 a.m.

•  Plan to take your pets with you in an evacuation.

•  Know which hotels and motels will accept you and your pets in an emergency.

•  Most Red Cross shelters cannot accept pets because of health and safety concerns. Service animals are allowed.

•  Know which friends, relatives, boarding facilities, animal shelters or veterinarians can house your pets.

•  Although your animals may be more comfortable together, be prepared to house them separately.

•  Make sure your pet's vaccinations are current.

•  Assemble a portable kit with emergency supplies for your pets.

•  The behavior of pets may change dramatically after a disaster, so be aware of their well-being and protect them from hazards.

•  Watch your animals closely and keep them under your direct control.

• Be aware of hazards at your pet's level, particularly debris, spilled chemicals, fertilizers and other substances.




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