One topic that must be addressed in your emergency plan is evacuations. There are many situations where you need to evacuate your home, such as an approaching wildfire or rising floodwaters. Plan and practice multiple evacuation routes, where possible, in case some roads are impassible. You should practice your plan with your family, household pets until you can evacuate within a few minutes. Individuals with disabilities that would need assistance during an evacuation should contact local emergency management as part of their emergency planning. Decide on a place where your family will meet if you get separated. Identify contacts out of the area or out of State that you can call in case you need help or to let people know you are safe.
Prevent Losing Your Household Pets
With unfamiliar sounds, smells, and sights that follow a disaster, household pets can easily become confused and get lost. Dogs and cats should wear appropriate identification at all times. Know your cat’s and dog’s common and favorite hiding places. Once the chaos starts, this is where you will find them. One type of appropriate identification is a collar tag with your name, address, phone number, and emergency phone number. More permanent methods include microchips, freeze marking, and tattoos. Examples of appropriate identification for birds include leg bands, microchips, or tattoos. Current photographs of your household pet(s) and service animal(s) will help with identification after a disaster. You should also send photos of your animals to your out-of-state friends or relatives.