How to Prepare Your Pet

Pets are important family members and should be included in your emergency preparedness plan. Keep in mind that what's best for you is typically best for your animals, so be sure to include them when practicing your family's emergency evacuation plan.

Please consider some or all of the pet-related items below to include in your family's emergency kit:

For Comfort and Safety

  • Extra collar, leash and/or muzzle and outdoor coat if required;
  • Carrier, cage or crate so you can move your pet safely and securely;
  • Grooming supplies (brush, comb, clippers, eye and ear cleaner, cotton pads);
  • Thermal blanket and towel;
  • Favourite chew and throw toys;
  • Current photo and "Lost" posters to help identify your pet;
  • Emergency contact information and vaccination records.

For Thirst and Hunger

  • Enough bottled water to last one week;
  • Dry or canned pet food and treats to last one week;
  • Two bowls, spoon, plastic lid for canned food.

For Sanitation

  • Paper towels, dish soap, disinfectant;
  • Plastic bags for waste;
  • Cats: Scoop, litter, litter box or tray.
  • Hamsters/gerbils, birds lizards: Secure cage, bedding materials, food bowls and water bottles;
  • Snakes: Pillowcase for evacuation, water bowl for soaking, heating pad/extension cord.

Be sure to keep your emergency kits in a easy-to-carry bag and store near the main exit of your home. Prepare a Pet Disaster Kit for each pet. Check food and store-bought bottled water for expiry dates and/or rotate the water that you bottle yourself every three to six months.

Planning Tip:

Have a plan to evacuate your pet and rehearse it. Know your pets hiding places. Make sure to keep your Pet Disaster Kit in an easy to access place.


Lost pets can be difficult to reunite with their families after a disaster. Keep vaccinations and licence tags up to date for your pet. Consider having your vet implant a microchip or tattoo your pet for easy identification.