General Disaster Preparations

Emergencies come in many forms and they may require anything from a brief absence from your home to permanent evacuation. Each type of disaster requires different measures to keep your pets safe. The best thing you can do for your pets is to be prepared.

  1. Get a Rescue Alert Sticker
  2. Arrange a Safe Haven
  3. Emergency Supplies
  4. Evacuation Preparation

This easy to use sticker will let people know that pets are inside your home. Make sure that it is visible to resFire Stickercue workers and that it includes the following:

  • The types and number of pets in your home
  • The name of your current veterinarian
  • Your current veterinarian’s phone number.

If you must evacuate and are able to take your pets with you, remember to write “EVACUATED” across the sticker. Pet alert stickers are available from the ASPCA website, your local Fire Department and at Pasco County Animal Services.

Geographical and Climatic Considerations

If you live in an area that is prove to natural catastrophes, such as tornadoes, earthquakes, hurricanes or flood, you should plan accordingly.

  • Determine well in advance which rooms in your home are safe havens. They should be clear of hazards such as windows, items that could become flying debris, etc.
  • Choose easy to clean areas like utility rooms or bathrooms as a safe zone.
  • Choosing a safe room that has access to fresh water is especially important. In situations where there may be a loss of electricity, fill up bathtubs and sinks ahead of time to ensure that you have access to water.
  • In the event of flooding, go to the highest location in your home or a room that has access to counters or high shelves where you and your animals can take shelter.

If emergency officials recommend that you stay in your home, it’s crucial that you keep your pets with you. Keep your Evac-Pack and supplies close at hand. Keep in mind that your pets may become stressed during the in-house confinement so you may want to consider crating them for safety and comfort.