Pet Disaster Kit

  • Food and water (for at least five days for each pet), bowls and a manual can opener if you are packing canned pet food. People need at least one gallon of water per person per day. Keep an extra gallon of water for your pet, in case they are exposed to chemicals and need to be rinsed.
  • Medications and medical records stored in a waterproof container and a first-aid kit. A pet first-aid book is also a good idea.
  • Cat litter box, litter, litter scoop and garbage bags to collect all your pets’ waste.
  • Have sturdy leashes, harnesses and carriers to transport pets safely . Make sure that your cat or dog is wearing a collar and identification that is up to date and visible at all times. Carriers should be large enough to allow your pet to stand comfortably, turn around and lie down. (Your pet may have to stay in the carrier for hours at a time.) Be sure to have a secure cage with no loose objects inside it to accommodate smaller pets. They may also need blankets, towels for bedding and warmth, and special items (depending on their species).
  • Have a current photo of you with your pet in case you become separated. This will help with identifying them and proving that they are yours.
  • Have your pet’s feeding schedule, medical conditions, and behavior issues written down.

Other useful items include:

  • Newspapers
  • Paper towels
  • Plastic trash bags
  • Grooming items
  • Household bleach

This kit is recommended by the Animal Humane Society in preparation for a disaster.