.....excerpt from "Out Of Harm's Way" ......Available from Amazon books....just click on the book to go there....

NOW is the time to assemble a disaster kit for EACH dog and cat in your household.....


(Disclaimer: Most of the following information was typed as is from the appendix in "Out Of Harm's Way" by Terri Crisp & Samantha Glen....no plagerism is intended, just sharing the very helpful information with those who may not have seen it......or have a disaster plan of their own.....)

(.....most of these recommendations apply to both cats and dogs, and the advice has been combined in one section....where specifics or exceptions occur, they are noted appropriately....)



  • Use the brand your pet is used to.
  • Have dry and canned if that is what the pet eats. (If you use canned food, buy the smallest size can available, as your pet's appetite may decrease during a disaster and you may not have a proper way to store half-used cans of food.)
  • Plastic lid to put on a half-used can of food. (Opened cans of food need to be stored in a refrigerator or ice chest.)
  • Have enough to last at least one week. (More can be stored if you have room, but be sure it is rotated at least once every three months to prevent it from going bad.)
    ((Notice, for people, it was only every SIX months.....pet people are, hmmm, more discerning?))
  • Food dish.
  • Can opener. (Even if what you are storing has flip-top lids, you may not be able to obtain that type if you run out in the weeks following a disaster.)
  • Spoon to scoop the food out of the can.


  • Have enough to last at least one week. (More can be stored if you have room, but be sure it is rotated at least every 3 months.)
  • Store water in a dark or shaded area, and not in direct sunlight, or bacteria will start to form that can cause diarrhea.
  • Non-spillable water dish.
  • Small container of bleach for purifying water.
  • Sealed plastic container for storing purified water.



  • Have at least a one-week supply of scoopable litter stored in plastic jugs.
  • Include a small plastic litter box and scoop in your disaster kit.
  • Have a supply of plastic bags for disposing of litter that you have scooped.


  • Have a pooper-scooper for picking up after your dog. (A small plastic child's shovel will work.)
  • Have a supply of plastic bags to dispose of the waste.


  • Disinfectant cleaner for cleaning crates and/or litter boxes. (Be sure to rinse the crate well before putting the pet back in, and DO NOT clean a crate while an animal is in it.)
  • Paper towels for drying a crate or litter box after cleaning it.
  • Dish soap for cleaning food & water dishes.

  • Have recent pictures of all your animals. (Make at least 10 copies, in case you have do distribute them to several shelters and post them where you last saw the animal.) Keep the pictures current, especially if you have a kitten or puppy that is still growing. (Be sure you include in the picture any distinguishing marks.)
  • Include yourself in the picture, holding or next to the pet. (This can assist in proving ownership of an animal.)


  • If your pet is on prescribed medication, be sure to keep a reserve supply in the disaster kit, along with directions on how to administer it.
  • Be sure the medication does not expire.
  • Have enough to last at least two weeks.


  • Include hairball paste if you have a long-haired cat or one that constantly spits up hairballs.


  • If your dog is on a monthly heartworm medication, be sure to have a supply in the disaster kit.
  • A muzzle, in case your dog is injured, to prevent being bitten. Practice putting it on your dog, before you are in a disaster.


  • Keep a record of all your pets' vaccinations in your disaster kit.

  • In order to board a dog at a kennel or shelter, it will need a Bordetella vaccination to prevent it from getting kennel cough.


  • A breakaway collar and tag should be kept on cats, and proper fitting collar and tag on dogs, AT ALL TIMES, but an extra one of each should be kept in the kit in case the permanent one gets lost in a disaster.
  • Keep several spare tags in your kit that can be personalized, so if you move to a temporary location, you can put that phone number & address on the tag.
  • Include a proper fitting cat or dog harness in the kit. They work better for controlling the animal when it has to be taken out for exercise. If the animal gets frightened, they cannot slip out of a harness as they can with a collar. NEVER leave a cat unattended when it is on a leash, and do not tie it to anything. Someone should always hold the leash when a cat is on it.
  • If your pet is microchipped or has a tattoo, be sure to have the national registry numbers in your disaster kit.
  • Make up & store in the kit preprinted "Lost Posters," in case your pet gets lost. (Include your phone number, an alternate phone number, and your address, and leave blank lines to write in the animal's description, where it was last seen, and any other pertinent information.)


  • Write on a piece of paper the name, address, and telephone number of your regular vet and an alternate vet.
  • Write out a release form authorizing another party to get emergency medical treatment for an injured pet, in case you are not available to give approval during a disaster.


  • Quantities should be based on the number of pets in your household:

  • conforming bandage (3" x 5")
  • absorbent gauze pads (4" x 4")
  • absorbent gauze roll (3" x 1 yard)
  • nonadherent absorbent dressing
  • cotton-tipped applicators (1 box)
  • antiseptic wipes
  • emollient cream
  • tweezers
  • scissors
  • instant cold pack
  • zinc oxide tape (3/4" x 1 yard)
  • latex disposable gloves (several pairs)

  • Store in a watertight container, along with a good pet first-aid guide.


  • Include these in your disaster kit if your pet likes to be brushed. Otherwise, leave them out, as a disaster is NOT the time to try and get your pet used to something new.


  • Include a few toys in your disaster kit if your pet is used to playing with them. Otherwise, leave them out. For dogs, include chew toys, to occupy them when they would otherwise be active.


  • Dry shampoo, in case you have to give your pet a bath. Sometimes, in disasters, pets come in contact with substances that need to be cleaned off their fur. Dry shampoos work well because they do not require water (something that can be in short supply.)
  • Cloth towels for drying off your pet.
  • Nail clippers. (Cats may not have access to their scratching post for a while.)
  • Flea powder. (Make sure it is specific for cats or dogs.)


  • If you have to confine your pet during a disaster, you can use a plastic crate. Be sure it is large enough to hold a food/water dish, and allows ample room for the animal to stretch out. For cats, also, large enough for a small litter box.
  • Be sure the cage has a secure locking device, to prevent the pet from escaping.
  • Another alternative is a collapsible wire cage. These are better to use in really warm weather because the pet will get better ventilation.


  • For evacuating a cat, you can use an Evacsack, which takes up a lot less room. The cat cannot be housed in it for extended periods of time, though.


  • Wire exercise pens work well for confining small dogs, but be careful of them digging their way out.
  • A spiral ground stake and 6-foot chain can be used to tie a dog outside. Be sure if you use this method of confining a dog that there is no risk of the dog hanging itself by falling off a porch, or getting itself tangled around something. Be sure the dog has protection from the weather, especially the sun. Don't tie a dog outside and forget it.

.....Helpful links.....
Preparedness for companion animals....EARS Website

Shopping list for dogs....EARS Website
Shopping list for cats....EARS Website
Shopping list for birds....EARS Website
Shopping list for horses...EARS Website
On-line course for FEMA Emergency Procedures

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