Pet Disaster Kit - How To Make Your Own

Many of us have dogs, cats, and other pets. You need some type of pet disaster kit so you are equipped and ready in the event of a major disaster or emergency.

Prepare your pets basic home survival kits, including a pet first aid kit, and a pet evacuation kit... these are both important items for pet preparedness.

Making your own pet kit is really quite easy, you simply put together in a portable bag or container, everything your pet would need to survive for several days in the event of an emergency situation.

In our list below, we give suggestions of items that you would need to Create Your Own Pet Disaster Kit.

During an emergency event, our pets are often at an even greater risk of danger than we are.

In some disaster situations you might be required to leave your home for an extended amount of time, or even permanently, so be sure you have the proper kits and supplies needed to care for family and your pets.

Keep your kit in plain sight in case your emergency contact person, or other emergency worker would need to access it for you.

How To Make Your Own Pet Disaster Kit:


START - By using a Back Pack, Gym Bag, Suitcase, or even 5 gallon buckets for the contents of your kit. Make a separate bag for each pet.

Place the following 12 items in the bag to begin assembling your kit:

  • On top of the bag boldly print your name, phone numbers and your pets name (or attach a card).
  • Water and food, enough for 3-7 days.
  • Food and water dishes.
  • Blanket or towel for a bed.
  • Medicine, with instructions for use.
  • A note listing your Veterinarian and phone number, the pets name and your first and last name.
  • The name address and phone number of a friend or relative, where the pet might stay.
  • A favorite toy and some treats.
  • For a dog, a leash and collar.
  • For a cat, a collapsible cat carrier, litter and litter box.
  • Small plastic bags for pet messes.
  • Picture of your pet, information on feeding-amounts-times, any behavioral or other issues that someone might need to be aware of. Place all pets information, lists, and notes in a waterproof container or zip-lock bag.

Congratulations...if you have checked all 12 items on the list, you have completed your pet disaster kit!

Here Are a Few Pet Preparedness Tips:

Before Disaster Strikes Identify Your Pets

  • Keep your pet's license current.
  • Make sure that collar and identification tags are worn at all times.
  • Consider having a safe, permanent microchip implanted in your pet. This type of ID cannot fall off or be removed. Most veterinarians offer micro-chipping services to their customers.

Crate Train Your Pet

  • Train your pet to enter his/her carrier or crate at your command. Try putting your pet's favorite treat in his/her carrier and sounding a bell at the same time. Repeat this process every day, until your pet comes running at the sound of the bell.

    Continue this routine often enough to keep it fresh in your pet's mind. This training will be extremely helpful when locating a frightened animal.

  • Also important -- make sure your pet is comfortable being handled before an emergency situation arises.

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