Disaster plans don’t have to be complicated. In fact, simple plans are often the most effective. The AVMA recommends the following:
Have a pet carrier for transportation and temporary housing. Be sure your pet’s carrier is large enough for your dog or cat to stay in comfortably for a few days.
Have a disaster preparedness kit. Include at least a week’s worth of food and fresh water, any medications your pet is on and a current prescription, as well as any health and medical records.
Have proper identification for your pets. Identification tags should have your name and cellphone number as well as the name of friends or relatives who lives outside of your area.
Have a plan. In the event of an evacuation, know where you’re going and how you’ll get there with your pets.