Disaster Planning

We are located in Florida where hurricanes are a very real danger. Below are guidelines for disaster planning, as well as recommended supplies for your emergency disaster kit.

Before the Storm

  • Become familiar with the type of disasters that occur in your region. Think about both natural and man-made disasters.
  • Have a written plan and practice it. Keep all your vaccination records, medications, emergency numbers and pictures of your pet with the disaster plan. You should include pictures of you with your pet, as well as detailed pictures of your pet.
  • If your plan includes sheltering at a kennel or clinic, you will want to set that up ahead of time. Make sure that the kennel or clinic is not in a flood zone.
  • If you decide to shelter at home, have a two week supply of food, water and medications.
  • If you plan to evacuate, take your pets with you.  We do not recommend that you leave your pets locked in the house, in a  cage or chained in the backyard. They will have no way of escaping if there is a storm surge or flooding. Become familiar with evacuation routes and give yourself ample time.
  • Transport your pets in a carrier with a familiar toy, blanket or one of your shirts to help reduce their stress. Animals are aware of the change in barometric pressure long before we are and may be very unpredictable and reactive. They tend to hunker down and hide.
  • Make sure your pet has proper identification such as a microchip, tattoo or collar with ID. Keep a copy of your pets microchip number with you.

After the Storm

  • Make sure the storm is over before you venture out.
  • Beware of downed power lines. Use extreme caution.
  • Landmarks and scents may become altered causing pets to become confused or lost.
  • Wildlife will also become affected by the storm and may become disoriented and end up where you least expect them. Be careful.
  • Check fences to make sure they are intact.

Emergency Disaster Kit

• Batteries
• Bleach
• Bungee cords
• Cable ties
• Cash (ATM and credit card machines may not work)
• Cell phone and pre-charged external batteries (solar desirable)
• Chain saw with gas
• Cleaning supplies
• Collars and leashes
• Crates
• Duct tape
• First aid kits (animal and human)
• Flash lights
• Fly spray
• Food (2 week supply)
• Food bowl(s)
• Generator (if possible)
• Halters and leads
• Knife
• Medications (minimum 2 week supply)
• Portable radio or weather radio
• Spray paint
• Tarps
• Tools (hammer, wire cutters, pry bar, pliers, etc.; power tools may not be practical)
• Trash bags
• Walkie-talkies
• Water (2 week supply)
• Water bucket(s)

Additional Information

Disaster Planning for Horses
Disaster Planning for Livestock