Be Disaster Aware: Pets & Amimals

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National Preparedness Month

September 14, 2014

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National Preparedness Month for pets and animals


National Preparedness Month is about working to become better prepared in the case of a disaster or an emergency and having a plan to better protect yourself and your family, even those who can't speak up for themselves. Your dogs, cats, and the many other animals that we care for also need to be considered when you are planning for an emergency. 

Some of the things you can do to prepare for the unexpected, such as assembling an animal emergency supply kit and developing a pet care buddy system, are the same for any emergency. Whether you decide to stay put in an emergency or evacuate to a safer location, you will need to make plans in advance for your pets. Keep in mind that what's best for you is typically what's best for your animals.

Use this National Preparedness Month to plan for the safety of all of your family. Visit for more information on what you can do to better protect the animals who depend on you. Then, head over to the Pet Preparedness Community of Practice for more information on how to best protect your furry friends. 

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ASPCA Pet Preparedness Resources

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)  has provided some fantastic disaster tips, along with a list of supplies to consider including in your emergency kit for your pets:


ASPCA Google+ Hangout

The ASPCA will be hosting a Google+ Hangout for National Preparedness Month on September 18 at 7 p.m. ET, bringing the biggest names in disaster response together—including FEMA and the USDA—to discuss how pet owners, cities and lawmakers can make sure pets stay safe during disasters. The ASPCA Google+ Hangout will be moderated by ABC News meteorologist Ginger Zee, and it can be viewed at

Disaster Preparedness Month Public Service Announcment (PSA)

ASPCA Disaster Preparedness PSA, featuring a Hurricane Sandy survivor’s cautionary tale:


ASPCA Mobile App

A must-have app for all pet owners, the ASPCA mobile app allows users to store critical pet records required to board pets at evacuation shelters, provides customized steps to search for lost pets, and includes a check-list of actions to take before, during and after a storm. The free app can be downloaded on iPhone and Android at:


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