Disaster & Emergency Planning
North Valley Animal Disaster Group is here to help!
When disaster strikes, will you be ready? What about your animals? Disaster preparedness is the key to ensuring that every member of your family makes it safely through large-scale emergencies such as wildfires, floods and earthquakes.
Be ready when disaster strikes!
The following list of recommended items has been developed to help you help your pets.
- Take your pet with you. If you must evacuate your house, do not leave your pet behind. Once the roadblocks go up you may not be allowed back into town. If it isn't safe for you to stay, it isn't safe for your pet either.
- Make a list of friends and relatives who could care for your pet for an extended period of time if you lose your home.
- Create a list of boarding facilities within a 100-mile radius of your home. Identify nearby hotels that accept pets and under what circumstances.
- Ask your local animal shelter if they have an evacuation plan for animals, and if they would be able to care for your specific type of pet during an emergency.
- Have your pet microchipped for easy identification.
Be Pro-Active: things to consider BEFORE a disaster strikes!
- Place an out of the area emergency contact name and number, along with your own, on your pet's ID tag.
- Pack a plastic crate or box with your pet's leashes, extra ID tags, water, food, water/food bowls, medications, your pet's health records, and a photo to prove ownership if you are separated. If possible keep a photo in your wallet.
- Have a portable carrier large enough for your pet to stand up in and turn around.
- Have an animal first aid kit.
- If you are away from home when a disaster strikes and the roads are closed, contact the North Valley Animal Disaster Group, 530-895-0000 for assistance evacuating your pet.
If you have exotic pets such as birds, lizards, snakes, etc., the following items should be considered if you have to evacuate:
- A carrier large enough to comfortably house the animal.
- Adequate food and water.
- Appropriate bedding for the specific type of animal.
- Covers for birdcages to keep them calm and protected.
- A hot water bottle or some type of non-electrical heating element ready to keep them warm.
- Exotic's medical records and a means of identifying them.
And last but not least,
- Place proper identification on all carriers and/or cages including pet information, your name, address, and contact numbers!
- Make sure to print out your own copy of the Be ready when disaster strikes informational flier courtesy of North Valley Animal Disaster Group, a local non-profit dedicated to education about disaster preparedness as well as the sheltering and evacuation of animals during a disaster. More links and information on disaster preparedness can be found on their website here.