Holiday Safety Tips


Tips for Helping Your Pets Through a Weather Disaster

June is National Disaster Preparedness Month, and Tri State County Animal Response Team has graciously provided the following information regarding preparing for your pet's safety in a disaster.

Don't wait for the winds to blow or the water to rise...

If you have been advised to evacuate your home by public announcements, please do so. Many people will not leave without their pets and jeapordize their own lives. Have a plan in advance of where you will go, and what you will do with yor pets. Many hotels will take pets, the Red Cross shelters will NOT. If you cannot take them with you, unchain the animal so it can save itself and live. Search and rescue will find it and place it into temporary shelter facilities for it to be reunited with owners. This is why it is so important to have a photo ID of you with your pets to help in the reclaim process. Here are a few other items to have in a disaster "go kit."

  • Written family disaster plan
  • Pet bedding
  • Food, water, manual can opener and bowls
  • Plastic bags, paper towels
  • Newspaper can be shredded for cat litter
  • Muzzle (can use a thin belt or roll type gauze)
  • ID tags on your pet and it's carrier (microchip is best)
  • Medical/vaccination record copies
  • Detailed care instructions for each pet with their photo (place in water-tight container)
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlights and extra batteries
  • Duct tape, zip ties
  • Out of state telephone contacts of family or friends

Go to the Tri State CART website for more information to help you prepare for a disaster situation, 513-702-8373 Hotline.