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Preparing Pets For Disaster  

How to Prepare Your Pets For a Disaster

Pets are well-loved parts of many families, and they need to be taken care of in disasters just like other family members. Here are some tips to help you prepare to take care of your pets in case of emergency.

1. Prepare a pet disaster kit. Store it with your family disaster supplies kit. Some things to include in a pet kit are:

  • A sturdy carrier
  • An up-to-date identification tag
  • A leash
  • Food and water for at least three days
  • A bowl
  • If you have cats, a portable litter box and litter
  • Plastic bags for potty clean up
  • Medication
  • Can opener
  • A copy of veterinary record
  • A photo of your pet
  • Blankets
  • Phone numbers of emergency veterinary clinic and local animal shelter
  • A pet first aid kit, including various sizes of bandages, tweezers, antibiotic ointment, Q-tips, elasticized tape, saline eye wash and ear cleaning solution

2. Take your pets with you in cases of evacuation. Pets are usually not allowed in emergency shelters, so make arrangements to have someone take care of your pet if you must stay in a shelter. Or, leave food and water in a secure location and check on your pets daily if that is possible.

3. Secure fish tanks and bird cages with industrial strength velcro. Put fish tanks on low tables, and strengthen the latches on bird cages so that the door cannot easily swing open.

4. Do not try to hold onto pets during an earthquake. They will instinctively hide in a safe area.

5. Bring outdoors pets inside until after all dangers, such as aftershocks, have passed and the animals have calmed down.

6. Be patient with your pets after a disaster, because they can get stressed out just like humans do and will probably need time to decompress.

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Tukwila City Hall
6200 Southcenter Blvd.
Tukwila, WA 98188-2544

Phone: 206 433-1800
Fax: 206 433-1833
Hours: 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

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