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The Preparedness section of the Division of Animal Control is to help you and your
pet(s) prepare for an emergency situation.
It will help familiarize you with supplies you should have on hand, with precautions you
should take in your home and on your
property, and with other areas of concern you may have inadvertently overlooked.
If you have any questions or concerns about something we have not covered, please feel
free to contact the Webmaster
and bring them to our attention. We will do our best to research these concerns or unique
situations, and update our web
Preparing Your Pets Before a
Dogs and Cats
The care of birds in disaster situations require special consideration.
Listed below are some recommendations.
Determine if your birds need a continuous supply of power. Purchase a generator to meet
your facilities' needs.
Make sure your generator is in good running condition by starting it monthly.
Make sure you have a sufficient water supply. Large water containers
with chlorinated water (10 drops of
chlorine bleach to each gallon of water) can be used to store water that prohibits
bacterial growth. Store water
away from sunlight.
Aviaries should be equipped with an overhead sprinkler system. This will
be very important to minimize smoke
inhalation, cool the air and reduce the chance of burn injuries.
Aviculturists should have enough carriers on hand to evacuate all birds.
Many birds will run into their nest boxes
during a crisis. Nest boxes should be equipped with quick-release latches and a hinge-type
cover over the
entrance to enable you to remove the nest box and use it as a pet carrier. Flights should
be constructed with
easy access into and out of them.
Birds often require specialty foods. Make sure you know what these are
and where you can get them. Although
surplus food can often be refrigerated, this may not be possible in a disaster, when the
power supply is out.
Birds should be tested and free of psittacosis and tuberculosis. These are serious
diseases and are transmissible
to many other animals and people.
Do not leave your birds where they can be exposed to fumes from fires or
chemicals. Birds are sensitive to
smoke and fumes and succumb quicker to smoke than most other animals.
Disaster Kit Checklist For Your Pet
[ ] Your written family / pet
[ ] Crate / carrier and bedding
[ ] Food, water, manual can opener
[ ] Plastic bags, paper towels,
newspaper (when shredded, can be used as cat litter)
[ ] Cleaning supplies,
[ ] Collar, leash, harness
[ ] Muzzle, gauze rolls
[ ] Identification tags
[ ] Current medical and vaccination
[ ] Extra bottles of daily
medications or copies of prescriptions with current expiration dates
[ ] Current photos of you and your
[ ] Pet comfort items: towels,
[ ] A list of hotels, motels and
boarding kennels that accept pets
[ ] Detailed instructions for
animal care and rescue workers
[ ] First aid kit for your pet(s)
[ ] Flashlights, batteries
[ ] Flat tire repair kit
[ ] Out-of-state telephone contact
[ ] Label all pet supplies with
your name, address and telephone number