Disaster Planning For Your Pets

With all of the concerns we have for friends and relatives during and after a natural disaster, sometimes pets and their physical and emotional needs are relagated to the back burner.  SIVLERMARK is very concerned about both and would like to give you some ideas for what your pet needs before, during and after a disaster.Contact your veterinarian or local humane society for information on preparing your pets for an emergency.


  • Make sure that your pets are current on their vaccinations.  Pet shelters may require proof of vaccines.

  • Have a current photograph

  • Keep a collar with identification on your pet and have a leash on hand to control your pet.

  • Have a properly-sized pet carrier for each animal – carriers should be large enough for the animal to stand  and turn around.

  • Plan your evacuation strategy and don’t forget your pet!  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 to shelter your pet – work it into your evacuation route planning.


Hi, I am Sparky.  I also have a plan.DURING THE DISASTER

  • 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 food bowls, any necessary medications, specific care instructions and news papers or trash bags for clean-up.

  • Bring pets indoor well in advance of a storm – reassure them and remain calm.

  • Pet shelters will be filled on first come, first served basis.  Call ahead and determine availability.



  • Walk pets on a leash until they become re-oriented to their home – often familiar scents and landmarks may be altered and pets could easily be confused and become lost.  Also, downed power lines, reptiles brought in with high water and debris can all pose a threat for animals after a disaster.

  • If pets cannot be found after a disaster, contact the local animal control office to find out where lost animals can be recovered.  Bring along a picture of your pet if possible.

  • After a disaster animals can become aggressive or defensive – monitor their behavior.

Don’t forget your pet when preparing a family disaster plan.


Pet CarrierHi, I am Tally.  My owner does not have a plan.  I am going to help him develop a plan with the information on this page.PET DISASTER SUPPLY KIT

•Proper identification including immunization records
•Ample supply of food and water
•A carrier or cage
•Muzzle, collar and leash


Another form of prevention is pet insurance.  SILVERMARK, INC. proudly provides PetsBest pet insurance.  Just go to www.petsbest.com/silvermark and choose the policy that best meets you and your pets needs. 


The HUMANE SOCIETY Disaster Center
FEMA – Animals and Emergencies
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