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Get ‘Petpared’ with Bo and Sunny Obama
Preparing your family for disaster also includes having a plan for your pets. As part of National Preparedness Month, the White House Office of Digital Strategy, America’s PrepareAthon!, and the Ready Campaign released a special pet preparedness video featuring the nation’s “First Dogs,” Bo and Sunny Obama.

This exciting video highlights tips for creating a pet preparedness emergency kit, finding pet-friendly shelters, and making pet identification name tags. Other preparedness tips include:

  • Never leave a pet outside or tied up during a storm;
  • Identify potential pet shelters before disaster strikes; and
  • Pack a “pet survival” kit.

See how Bo and Sunny Obama get ‘petpared.’

Just In Time Disaster Training - How to Recognize and Treat Heat Stroke in Dogs

In Preparing for Disasters, Don't Forget Fido!
"The single most important thing you can do to protect your pets is to take them with you if you must evacuate. Animals left behind in a disaster can easily be lost or injured. If evacuation is necessary, consider friends or family outside the area who can take in you and your pet."

Pet Protection
Dogs and cats are not immune to cold weather. If it is cold for you, it is cold for them! As the winter months approach, don’t forget to keep your pet safe. Create a pet disaster supply kit similar to the one you prepare for yourself. Their kit should include:
  • Food and water for at least five days for each pet;
  • Sturdy leashes, harnesses and carriers; and
  • Current identification, medications and medical records.
All pets need appropriate protection against the cold weather. If you have a short haired breed, consider getting a coat or sweater with a high collar or turtleneck for them to wear.
While outside, keep your pet close to you to avoid encountering antifreeze, a sweet but deadly poison that may be accessible on roads and in garages or driveways. Do you know the signs of antifreeze poisoning? Symptoms usually appear 30 minutes to an hour after ingestion and occur in two phases.

Preparedness for your Pets from the SPCA
Disasters come in varying forms and often without warning. Many have a disaster plan for the family but have we included our pets? Make sure your animals stay safe and remain a loving part of your family by taking the steps below: The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals lists guidelines to protect your animals when the mercury dips. Taking extra precautions during colder months will make sure your four-legged family members stay safe and warm!
  • Get a Rescue Alert Sticker—The Rescue Alert Sticker will notify people that pets are inside your home. Place sticker in a visible spot for a rescue worker to see. Include the types and number of pets in the home, the name of your veterinarian and your veterinarian’s phone number. If you have evacuated, write “EVACUATED” across the sticker.
  • Find a Place for your Pet— Never evacuate without your pets. Make sure you have a predetermined place you and your pets can go in the case of an evacuation because not all Red Cross Facilities allow pets.
  • Pet Emergency Kit— Along with an emergency preparedness kit for your household, it is also a good idea to create one for your pets. Some items to include are: a pet first-aid kit, enough food and water to last 3-7 days and toys to keep your pet occupied.
  • For more tips, go to:

American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)—Disaster Preparedness The educational materials listed on this web page are provided to assist veterinarians, animal owners, and others interested in preparing for animal safety in the event of a disaster. A booklet, Saving the Whole Family, provides a detailed planning resource for pet owners of both small and large animals.

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) This organization’s mission is “to protect the health and value of the U.S. agricultural, natural, and other resources.” The materials listed on this web page highlight APHIS’ role in the National Response Framework and their Veterinary Services program. The resources also cover pet evacuation and shelter, and links are provided to related programs.

FEMA: Independent Study Courses: Animals in Disaster FEMA: Information for Pet Owners
  • IS-10 Animals in Disaster Module A: Awareness and Preparedness:
  • IS-11.a Animals in Disaster: Community Planning:
  • The FEMA Emergency Management Institute (EMI) offers self-paced online courses designed for people who have emergency management responsibilities and for the general public. All are offered free of charge to those who qualify for enrollment. Animals in Disaster: Awareness and Preparedness includes sections on typical hazards, how these affect animals, and what can be done by responsible owners to reduce the impact of disasters. Animals in Disaster: Community Planning provides information for emergency management officials and animal owners, animal care providers, and industries in preparing community disaster plans. Students gain the basic background knowledge needed to develop a coordinated response to a disaster in which animals and their owners are affected.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—Protect Your Pets in an Emergency This CDC web page provides links to organizations and resources that pet owners can contact or access, which help plan ways to protect their pets before, during, and after an emergency.

  1. Humane Society—Disaster Preparedness for Pets Pet owners learn the importance of creating a plan to protect and care for pets in the event of a disaster. The sections include: If You Evacuate Take Your Pets, Don’t Forget ID, Find a Safe Place Ahead of Time, If You Don’t Evacuate, and After the Storm.
  2. National Organization on Disabilities—Prepare Yourself: Disaster Readiness Tips for Owners of Pets or Service Animals This brochure urges owners of pets or service animals to prepare for disasters, and lists organizations to contact for more information.