Emergencies come in many forms, and they may require anything from a brief absence from your home to permanent evacuation. Each type of disaster requires different measures to keep your pets safe, so the best thing you can do for yourself and your pets is to be prepared.
As a responsible pet owner, it is critical to prepare for emergency situations. Hurricanes, floods, winter storms, and house fires can occur without advance warning and force you to evacuate your home.
Having a plan and a kit ready to go will help keep pets safe in a disaster or emergency situation. Pre-packing your pet’s kit in a backpack for ease in transportation and include supplies for at least one week.
Here are several common sense measures to improve your preparedness:
Included in your plan should be your evacuation plan and destination that should include your emergency pet shelter, hotels or motels outside of your immediate area that accept pets, or friends and relatives outside your immediate area if they would be willing to take in your pet.
The Potter League is a Rhode Island State Emergency Pet Shelter (RISEPS), however your plan should always include to leave the area, whether that means staying with friends or relatives, or going to a pet friendly hotel.
If you must evacuate your home, do not leave your pets behind. If it is unsafe for you to remain, then it is unsafe for your pets as well.
Advice for animal owners facing a disaster, such as a severe storm or emergency evacuation