Many of us think of our pets as a part of the family, so it is important to make an emergency plan for them too. The easiest thing you can do for your pet is make sure they have valid identification like an ID tag and that their vaccinations are up-to-date. The Canadian Disaster Animal Response Team has helpful resources to help you emergency plan for your pets.
For livestock, keep a current list of all animals on the farm, their locations and medical history. Commercial livestock producers should familiarize themselves with the SLRD's Commercial Livestock Relocation Guide as part of their preparedness planning.
Leaving animals at home:
You should not leave your pets at home unless completely necessary as they could become lost or may be unable to survive on their own. Take your pets to a safe location or contact an organization that helps to evacuate pets.
- Make sure they have enough dry food and water for at least three days.
- Make sure they have access to an elevated spot in the house like a counter or stairs in case of flooding.
- Make sure you leave pets in an area way from breakable things like windows.
- Separate your pets from one another, even if they are friendly.
- Leave a note on your door for emergency responders indicating how many animals are on your property and their locations.
- Have photographs of pets to help identify them.
Taking animals with you:
- Put them in a portable carrier and make sure you have supplies for your pet in your 72-Hour Emergency Kit like dry food and water.
- Locate and pre-arrange evacuation sites for livestock, with multiple routes to these sites.
- Arrange for transportation of livestock and plan how food, water, care and equipment will be dealt with at the evacuation site.