The single most important thing you can do to protect your pets if you evacuate is to take them with you. If it’s not safe for you to stay in the disaster area, it’s not safe for your pets.
·Pets left behind in a disaster can easily be injured, lost or killed.
·Pets left inside your home can escape through storm-damaged areas, such as broken windows.
·Pets turned loose to fend for themselves are likely to become victims of exposure, starvation, predators, contaminated food or water or accidents.
·Leaving dogs tied or chained outside in a disaster area is a death sentence.
If you leave, even if you think you may be gone only for a few hours, take your pets. Once you leave your home, you have no way of knowing how long you’ll be kept out of the area, and you may not be able to go back for your pets.
Take enough provisions for at least a week and make arrangements, if possible, for your pets to stay with family or friends outside the evacuation area.
Leave early—don’t wait for a mandatory evacuation order. An unnecessary trip is far better than waiting too long to leave safely with your pets. If you wait to be evacuated by emergency officials, you may be told to leave your pets behind.
Don't Forget ID
Your pet should be wearing up-to-date identification at all times. This includes adding your current cell phone number to your pet's tag. It may also be a good idea to include the phone number of a friend or relative outside your immediate area—if your pet is lost, you'll want to provide a number on the tag that will be answered even if you're out of your home.