How to keep your pets safe during a natural disaster

Natural disasters can be unpredictable and terrifying, and if you’re not prepared, they can pose a serious threat to you and your family—including your furry friends.

That’s why it’s important to have a plan in place for how you’re going to keep your pets safe during a hurricane, tornado, wildfire, or another catastrophic event. Here are 10 tips to help you do just that.

1. Have an evacuation plan. 

Make sure you know where you’re going to go and how you’re going to get there if you need to evacuate. If possible, choose a friend or family member who lives outside of the affected area and make arrangements to stay with them.

Alternatively, look into pet-friendly hotels or shelters in the area. And don’t forget to pack up all of your pet’s essentials, including food, water, medications, and poop bags.

2. Get a pet emergency kit together. 

Just like humans, pets need supplies to weather a natural disaster. Put together a pet emergency kit with everything your animal will need, including food, water, a leash or carrier, medical records, and any necessary medications.

You might also want to include some toys and treats to help keep your pet calm during stressful situations.

3. Keep your pet up-to-date on vaccinations. 

Natural disasters can be frightening and devastating for both humans and animals. In the aftermath of a storm or other disaster, animals may be injured, lost, or displaced.

As a pet owner, it is important to take steps to protect your furry friends during a natural disaster. The first step is to make sure that your pet is up-to-date on vaccinations.

This will help reduce the risk of your animal contracting an infectious disease during or after the disaster. It is also important to have a plan in place for evacuating your pet in the event of an emergency.

If possible, choose a friend or family member who lives outside of the disaster area to serve as a temporary caregiver for your pet.

Make sure that your pet is wearing Identification tags with your contact information in case they become lost. By taking these precautions, you can help keep your pet safe in the event of a natural disaster.

4. Make sure your pet is properly identified. 

Pets are an important part of many people’s lives, and it’s natural to want to keep them safe during a disaster. There are a few things you can do to help ensure your pet’s safety during a natural disaster.

Make sure your pet is properly identified. Ensure that your pet is wearing a collar with current ID tags at all times. It’s also a good idea to microchip your animal in case they manage to escape during the chaos of evacuation or get lost in the aftermath of the disaster.

5. Stay informed about the situation. 

It’s important to stay informed about the situation during a natural disaster. Keep an eye on local news outlets and sign up for alerts from agencies like the National Weather Service so you know when severe weather is heading your way—and can take action accordingly.

Keeping your pet safe during a natural disaster starts with being prepared. Make sure you have an emergency kit for your pet that includes food, water, medications, and other supplies. It’s also a good idea to have a carrier or crate on hand so you can transport your pet if necessary.

6. Heed all evacuation orders. 

This might be the hardest tip on this list to follow but, in some cases, it’s necessary for the safety of both you and your animal companion.

If time is short and evacuation is mandatory but taking your pet with you isn’t possible, find a safe place for them inside your home preferably one that’s not in danger of being impacted by flooding or other damage and make sure they have access to food, water, and any necessary medications.

Then, write a note detailing their care instructions and leave it where rescuers are sure to see it (like taped to the front door).

Finally, call 311 or another non-emergency number for assistance in getting them evacuated as soon as possible after the disaster has passed.

7. Avoid flooded areas. 

If floodwaters are present—even if they don’t seem deep—it’s best to find another route rather than risk having your animal swept away by the current or exposed to contaminated water that could make them sick.

8. Do not allow your pet near downed power lines. 

Natural disasters can be unpredictable and dangerous, and if you’re a pet owner, it’s important to be prepared. One way to keep your pets safe during a natural disaster is to avoid flooded areas.

Floodwaters can sweep animals away or expose them to contaminated water, which could make them sick. If you must travel through a flooded area, be sure to keep your pet on a leash and carry them if necessary.

Also, be aware of your surroundings and watch for signs of dangerous animals or debris that could injure your pet. By taking some simple precautions, you can help ensure that your pet stays safe during a natural disaster.

9. Get your pet insurance.

No one ever wants to think about their pet getting hurt, but accidents can happen. That’s why it’s important to have dog insurance.

A good policy will cover your pet for things like illness, injury, and even theft. That way, you can rest assured that your furry friend will be taken care of if the worst happens.

Plus, many insurance plans offer peace of mind by allowing you to choose your own veterinarian. So, whether you’re dealing with a minor cold or a serious injury, you can always get the best possible care for your pet.

10 . Keep an eye on Animals in natural disasters. 

As hard as it is for us humans to deal with natural disasters, it’s even tougher on our beloved animals who often don’t understand what’s happening around them. For tips on how best to support them during these trying times, check out this helpful article from the ASPCA.


Taking steps ahead of time to prepare for a natural disaster can help ensure that both you and your furry friends make it through unscathed. By following the tips above, you can give yourself peace of mind knowing that you’ve done everything in your power to keep them safe.

Tim Hanson (101)

Contributing writer at Preferable Pups!