Make a plan now for what to do with your pets if you need to evacuate before a storm. Many public shelters for people will not accept pets. Those that do will be filled on first come first served basis so call ahead and determine availability. If you plan to shelter your pet allow sufficient time into your evacuation route. Specialized pet shelters, animal control shelters, veterinary clinics and friends and relatives out of harm's way are ALL potential refuges for your pet during a disaster. If you plan on going to a hotel, please determine in advance whether pets are welcome and if there are any special rules.
Animals brought to a pet shelter are required to have: Proper identification collar and rabies tag, proper identification on all belongings, a carrier or cage, a leash, an ample supply of food/water and bowls, any necessary medications, specific care instructions and news papers or trash bags for clean-up. On the outside of the crate print your name, the pet’s name, your home and destination address and phone number. Have a sturdy, properly ventilated crate of adequate size for each pet to stand up, turn around, and lie down comfortably. The crate should be free of interior hazardous protrusions, have a door that latches securely, and have external handles. The bottom should be leak proof and covered with a towel or absorbent material. Never put a leash in the crate, as your pet could become entangled. Another suggestion is to make a set of temporary tags with the address and phone number of your destination.