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Posted on: February 1, 2024

Do Your Emergency Plans Include Your Pets?

Pet Safety

If your family includes a dog, cat, hamster, or other furry, feathered, or scaly friends, remember to include their unique needs in your home emergency plans.

According to IEMA, home emergency supply kits for pets should include the following:

  • A recent photo of your pets in case they get lost
  • Sturdy leashes and/or carriers
  • Pet food, water, and bowls
  • Cat litter and box
  • Pet toys
  • Contact information for the veterinarian
  • Medical information and records
  • Any necessary medication
  • Plastic bags for clean-up

A disaster may require you to evacuate your home, sometimes with little notice. Taking pets with you is crucial, as an evacuation could last several days, even weeks, and your pets likely cannot survive without care. Plan now for places you and your pets can stay following an evacuation, as many public shelters do not allow animals inside.

It’s also important to have a backup emergency plan in case you can’t care for or evacuate your animals yourself. Talk to neighbors, friends, and family to make sure someone is available to do so.

Additional pet preparedness and general emergency preparedness information is available on the Ready Illinois website at www.Ready.Illinois, the Ready Illinois Facebook page at, and Twitter at

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