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Emergency Evac-Pack for Pets

Harvey, in whatever form, is just about upon us in the Gulf Coast region. Now's the time to have a pet emergency plan and supplies.

Consider creating an Evac-Pack for your pets. Make sure that everyone in the family knows where it is. This kit should be clearly labeled and easy to carry.

Items to consider keeping in or near your pack include:

  • Water: at least 7 days worth of bottled water for each person and pet.

  • Food: enough for at least a week if not longer. Store the food in water tight containers. Remember, changing diets leads to diarrhea and dehydration, so try your best to prevent food change.

  • Pet feeding dishes.

  • Liquid dish soap and disinfectant.

  • Proper transport: a crate, sturdy carrier, or traveling bag, preferably one for each pet. Be sure the carrier is large enough for your pet to stand, turn around, and lie down. Protective underpads should be considered to line the carrier in case of accidents. 

  • Pet First-Aid Kit.

  • Disposable litter trays (aluminum roasting pans work great).

  •  Litter (scoopable is best), paper towels, and plastic bags for waste clean-up.

  • Extra harness or collar with I.D. tags, and leash. For dogs include a long leash and yard stake.

  • Photocopies of medical records and a waterproof container with a two-week supply of any medicine your pet requires. 

  • Flashlight.

  • Blanket (for scooping up a fearful pet).

  • Recent photos of your pets in case you are separated and need to make "Lost" posters.

  • Make sure your pets are microchipped and up to date on vaccinations

  • Identify shelters and pet-friendly hotels in advance.

Finally, be sure to take care of your family and have a human emergency kit. Include batteries, duct tape, flashlight, radio, multi-tool, tarp, rope, permanent marker, spray paint, baby wipes, protective clothing and footwear, extra cash, rescue whistle, important phone numbers (including emergency contact numbers outside your immediate area), extra medication, and copies of medical and insurance information. Too, keep a NOAA Weather Radio tuned to your local emergency station.

For additional information:

Helping Pets - FEMA

Pets and Animals - .gov

Disaster Preparedness - ASPCA

Disaster Preparedness - CDC

Stay safe out there and let us know how we can help you! 281.351.7184 or

We love 'em like you do!