- Know how to get early warnings about threats like flood, fire, and disease outbreaks by tuning into the Emergency Alert System in your area.
- Talk to your veterinarian about evacuation and emergency care for your animals.
- Identify an emergency animal shelter location nearby: kennels, adjoining farms, state and local fairgrounds, etc.
- Get to know the policies and staff of your local animal control authority, as well as the local animal non-profit rescue and care groups.
- Ask neighbors and friends to evacuate your animals if a disaster strikes when you are away.
- License your companion animals; make sure your animals can be easily identified (microchip, identification tags, tattoos, ear tags, etc.) so they can be reunited with you after the disaster.
- Take pictures of you with your animal(s) so you can show proof of ownership if you are separated during a disaster.
- Assemble an animal disaster kit.