Natural Disaster Preparedness Kit for Pets

I’ve been wanting to write about this ever since the last northeaster we had.  There were many downed trees and power lines over the span of a short period of time.  We had no electricity for a few days and our only light source was from candles.  My extended family also live in areas where forest fires and hurricanes aren’t uncommon.  To keep your pets safe in a disaster, North Shore Animal League had created a disaster preparedness kit for animals.  This list may come in handy in the future should you need it.  I have also added some of my ideas to this list, including a few non-essentials.  This list can also double as a Travel List.  This is not an exhaustive list so feel free to comment if I’ve left off something you feel should be included.

  • Collar with proper identification tags listing the pet’s name, owner’s name, address, phone number, cell phone number.
  • Leash and harness for small breeds
  • Current rabies tag on collar.  I normally include a dog license/Department of Agriculture tag via my town hall too.  Please review info pertaining to your state.  If you are located in New York, you may read about it here:
  • Microchip pets to serve as a back up source of identification should their collar and tags become lost or damaged.  Be sure to register the chip with a company like Home Again.
  • Current clear photographs of all pets, including a closeup of their face and their full body.  Include detailed descriptions of special markings and distinguishing features.  Laminate photos to help protect them from the elements.
  • Copies of current veterinary history including medical conditions, vaccination information, and prescription medications with dosing and frequency.  Some veterinary practices like those under the VCA umbrella have a phone app, called MyVCA, which would contain much of this information.
  • Backpack or duffel crossbody bag
  • Bottle of water
  • Warm blanket
  • Food
  • Small bag of treats
  • Towel
  • Paper towels
  • Wee wee pads
  • Poop bags
  • Winter coat, rain coat, clothing (depends on the pet)
  • Pet crate with or without wheels
  • Pet toothbrush & pet toothpaste
  • A small toy or two
  • Brush or comb especially for long hair breeds to prevent matting.  A flea comb, tweezers, and tape are also good things to have.

*Please see: for more info.   They have even included information on Pet First-Aid Kit Essentials.  I have a pet first-aid bag I keep close to our kitchen for just in case.  As an aside, it’s also a good idea to assemble a kit for ourselves.  I keep mine in the same place.  There have been a few times over the course of Stella’s life in which I had to search through this bag for a necessity or two.

*Photo Credit: Fjall Raven Kanken &

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