Pet Disaster Kit

Do you have an emergency preparedness plan for your pet?

Planning ahead doesn’t cost anything, but it does help keep you and your family safe during an emergency. Use this easy guide to make a simple and effective plan for your pet.

CERT recommends making a pet disaster kit as part of your hurricane preparedness.


Pet disaster page iconGather important information. Store hard copies in a safe space with this checklist.

  • Photocopied veterinary records
  • Rabies certificate
  • Vaccinations
  • Medical summary
  • Prescriptions for medications
  • Most recent heartworm test result (for dogs)
  • Most recent FeLV/FIV test result (cats)
  • Photocopied registration information (ex: proof of ownership or adoption records)
  • Pet description(s) (ex: name, breed, sex, color, and weight)
  • Recent photographs for each of your pets
  • Waterproof container for documents
  • Microchip information (ex: microchip number, name and number of the microchip company)
  • Important contact information (name, phone, and address)



Pet disaster iconPut together a kit with these essential items. Keep it ready to go in case you have to evacuate quickly.

  • 2-week supply of food for each animal stored in waterproof containers
  • 2-week supply of water for each animal
  • Non-spill food and water dishes
  • Manual can opener
  • Feeding instructions for each animal
  • 2-week supply of any medications (if applicable)
  • Medication instructions (if applicable)
  • One month supply of flea, tick, and heartworm preventative


Pet disaster iconFinish your kit by adding other important items.

  • Leash, collar with ID, and harness
  • Toys
  • Appropriate-sized pet carrier with bedding, blanket, or towel
  • Pet first aid book and first aid kit
  • Cleaning supplies for accidents (paper towels, plastic bags, and disinfectant)
  • Litterbox and litter (cats)

Click here for a Pet Disaster Kit Checklist PDF »»

Adapted from U.S. Department of Health & Human Services materials.