Plan Ahead

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During an emergency or disaster, you may have to evacuate. Remember, if it is not safe for you, it is not safe for your pets. Plan ahead so that if you ever have to evacuate with your pet, you know where you can go. You need to determine what your options might be before a disaster strikes. A friend or relative may be a good option but they should be away from the impacted area and willing to take in your pet(s) as well as your family. Check with hotels and motels in your immediate area and also some that are a distance from your home to find out what their policies are in accepting pets. Some may be willing to waive a no pet policy during a disaster. Another option is to board your pet in a kennel or veterinary hospital while you stay with friends, relatives or in other temporary housing that is not animal friendly.

While your County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) will setcage dog up shelters during a community evacuation, this should be a last resort and not a first plan. Not all human shelters are pet friendly and you will need to check with your County OEM or County Animal Response Team (CART) to find out where the CART Temporary Emergency Animal Shelter is set up.

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