Disaster Planning for Pets
Tornadoes, fires, blizzards, power outages...you never know when disasters, large or small may strike. Many people plan on what they will do for their family, and it's important to include pets in that plan.
Here are some tips that help keep your pet safe if the worst happens:
- Make sure your pet is wearing tags with up-to-date contact information for you. If your pet is microchipped, make sure the microchipping company has your contact information.
- Make sure you have a current photo of your pet handy.
- Make a pet emergency kit with items such as:
- Pet food (and a can opener if using canned food)
- Bottled water
- Veterinary records
- Cat litter/pan
- Food Dishes
- First aid kit and supplies
- Extra collar and extra leash
- Identify nearby shelters: Saint Paul will announce if public shelters that accept animals will be opened, but it is critically important to find out which hotels accept pets if you have to evacuate.
- Keep your pet in a pet carrier, or on a leash, collar, and harness so that the pet won't escape if panicked.
Check out Ready.gov for more information.
If you have questions, contact our Animal Control office at 651-266-1100, or email the DSI Message Center.