1. Make a plan
  2. Stay informed
  3. Assemble a disaster supply kit
  4. Make a pet disaster plan (located at the bottom of this page)

    Begin by making sure family members are informed on potential hazards and plans within our community.  Discuss what you would do if a warning were issued. 

Important Items to Bring When Evacuating

If you need to survive on your own after a disaster, you will need the following items in sufficient supply to last for at least 3 to 5 days.  Disaster officials will arrive after a disaster, but everyone cannot be reached immediately.  Help may reach you within hours or it could take days. A Disaster Supply Kit will consist of basic and other supplies that family members may need in the event of a disaster. Double check to ensure supplies are fresh:

Pet Disaster Plan

If you must evacuate, DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PETS BEHIND!

Take pet food, bottled water, veterinary records, pet medications, pet first aid kit, kitty litter pan, food dishes, leashes, collars and favorite pet toys. Make sure to have a secure pet carrier so if your pet panics, he cannot escape.  Make sure identification tags are up to date. Keep a current photo of your  pet in the event your pet gets lost.

If you plan to stay during a disaster:

  1. Evacuation Plans
  2. Make a checklist of what you must do and review it before you leave.
  3. If you plan to evacuate to a hotel, make reservations and confirm your reservations before you leave.
  4. Communication with Family (Phones may not be working)
  5. Escape Routes
  6. Shut off all Utilities
  7. Special Needs for Family Members (Call 211 for assistance)
  8. Care for Pets and Livestock
  9. Extra Cash (ATM’s may not be available)
  10. Important Documents including Drivers License, Credit Card Account Numbers, Bank Account Numbers, Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Death Certificates, Social Security Cards, Insurance Policies, Wills and Passports (keep these records in a waterproof container).
  11. Games and entertainment items for the children
  12. Family Photos
  13. Disaster Supply Kit
  14. Non-perishable Food
  15. Water (one gallon per person per day – Bring extra for pets)
  16. First aid supplies
  17. Clothing
  18. Bedding
  19. Tools
  20. Road Maps
  21. Radio and Batteries
  22. Medications and copies of prescriptions
  23. Eyeglasses and Hearing Aids
  24. Sanitation Supplies
  25. Baby formula, bottles, powdered milk, baby wipes, diapers and medications
  26. Pet Supplies
  27. Bring your pets inside
  28. Animals have instincts about severe weather changes and will often isolate themselves if afraid.
  29. Never leave a pet tied up outside during a storm
  30. Separate dogs and cats even if they normally get along because the anxiety of an emergency situation can cause pets to act abnormally