Importance of Planning The state of Indiana is home For More Information: Don't Wait to approximately 31 million animals, from household pets to livestock to wild creatures. When Until It's disaster strikes, people can rely on state, federal and private humanitarian agencies to provide food, shelter, Indiana State Board of Animal Health c/o SAVE Too Late medical care and rescue assistance. 805 Beachway Drive, Suite 50 But what about animals? Indianapolis, IN 46224-7785 Unfortunately, disaster assistance Phone: 317/227-0322 groups such as the American Red Fax: 317/227-0330 Cross and the State Emergency Email: email@example.com Management Agency (SEMA) are not Website: www.in.gov/boah equipped to handle, rescue and care for displaced pets during large-scale emergencies. For safety and sanitation reasons, human disaster shelters cannot accept animals (except service animals). Funding for this As a pet owner, it's your responsibility to provide for the safety, shelter and brochure was Robe rt Bu rke well-being of your animals, even in times of flood, fire, tornado, earthquake provided by: or man-made emergencies. Merck AgVet Think it can't happen to you? Consider that between 1988 and 1996, only two and A Pet Owner's of Indiana's 92 counties did not Indiana Veterinary Guide to experience a declared state of disaster. Planning ahead, before a disaster Medical Association Disaster Preparedness happens, can ease your worries in a 309 W. Washington Street, Ste. 202 In a disaster situation (natural or stressful situation and mean the Indianapolis, IN 46204 man-made), pets are not allowed difference between life and death for 317/974-0888 inside emergency shelters for your pet. people. With a little advance planning for its safety, you could save your pet's life. SAVE-1/4.97 Thanks to A.V.M.A. for some info contained in this brochure. Before Keep your pet's vaccinations current. Disaster Preparedness Kit Pet carrier or cage for each pet. Safe Places In Disasters At Home: Two-week supply of food and water. Bring pets inside to a place you can leave Nonspill food and water bowls. them if they cannot evacuate with you. Take photos of each animal, including Toys and treats. Avoid windows. Consider easy-to-clean any distinguishing marks. Current photos of each pet. places like kitchens, bathrooms, utility Medications and dosing instructions. rooms. Keep cats and dogs separately, Store photos and medical records in Vaccination and medical records. even if they normally get along. Cat litter and shoebox-sized litterpan. resealable plastic bags with other important papers, including your pet's Away From Home: microchip number. Before a disaster occurs, know where you can safely leave your pet. The home of a Compile a Disaster Preparedness Kit for each pet. During friend or relative is your best bet. Or contact boarding kennels and veterinary clinics with boarding facilities, as well as hotels outside your area that will allow pets. Familiarize your pet with the kit's Bring your pet indoors, especially if you Contact the local Emergency Management carrier or cage before an emergency. cannot evacuate with it. Do not leave Office to find out if pet shelters will be pets chained outdoors. Position cages available during an emergency. Keep a properly fitted collar with off the floor, where they won't tip over. current license, rabies and identification tags on each pet--even Prepare a preselected site indoors for cats that never go outside. Birds should be leg-banded. Consider permanent microchip identification. your pet. Leave only dry foods and fresh water in nonspill containers. If possible, open a faucet to let water drip After into a large container. Partially fill a Pet behavior may change after an Start a neighborhood "buddy system" bathtub with water. emergency; monitor it closely. Keep to check on one another's pets during pets leashed and maintain close disasters. Exchange veterinar y Do not leave vitamin treats, which contact. Familiar scents and landmarks information and file a permission slip could be fatal, if over-eaten. may be altered, causing confusion and with your veterinarian authorizing abnormal behavior. your "buddy" to get necessar y Keep bird cages covered with a sheet, emergency treatment for your pet if away from windows and other pets. If your pet was lost, contact boarding you cannot be located. kennels, humane shelters and Evacuate your pet early, if possible. veterinary hospitals. Determine the best place to leave your pet in case of a disaster. Identify Take your pet's vaccination and If you find a pet, call animal control or a place in your home as well as an medical records as well as any emergency phone numbers set up off-site location for evacuations. identification photographs with you. during the disaster.