Hurricane Preparedness

The official Atlantic hurricane season is June 1 – November 30. This encompasses 97% of tropical activity, so hurricanes do occur outside of this six month period. (Source: National Hurricane Center)

Hurricane season is unpredictable and may require you to evacuate your neighborhood in a moments notice. It is important that you have the tools to do so safely and quickly with your entire family – furry members included.


  • People first – Prepare yourself and then your pet.
  • No Pet Left Behind – Plan now so your pet will never be left behind.
  • Supplies for 3-7 days – Cover your bases.
  • Follow a Timeline – When you have the ability to plan ahead, take advantage and follow the warnings.

We do not recommend that you leave your pets behind in the case of an evacuation. If there is a possibility that disaster may strike while you are out of the house, there are precautions you can take to increase your pets’ chances of survival, but they are not a substitute for evacuating with your pets.

Don’t forget your best friend when disaster strikes! – Be prepared.

Download Disaster Prep for Your Pet to view complete details for the following:

  • List of items in Pet First Aid Kit and Pet Disaster Kit
  • Details on how to deal with a lost pet
  • Guidelines to help ensure your pet’s safety in case of evacuation

Download Disaster Prep for Your Pet (PDF)



Get Prepared!

Identify Your Pet
  • Keep your pet’s license current.
  • Make sure collar and identification tags are worn at all times.
  • Consider having a michrochip implanted in your pet.
Prepare a Pet First Aid Kit
  • Large and small bandages
  • Scissors
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • More… (for a full list of items download Disaster Prep for Your Pet)
Pet Disaster Kit
  • Sturdy crate and/or pet carrier
  • Food and water
  • Medications
  • More… (for a full list of items download Disaster Prep for Your Pet)
Develop a Neighborhood Plan
  • Get to know your neighbors.
  • Keep an updated list of phone numbers.
  • Select a neighborhood coordinator.
  • Select one or two backup coordinators in case the primary coordinator is unavailable.
In Case of Evacuation

Lost Pet

If your Pet is Lost or you find a Lost Pet
  • Immediately call or visit the nearest animal shelter to report your pet missing.
  • Call neighbors and service workers for leads.
  • Be prepared to give a full description of the animal: breed, color, sex (if possible).