Specific Disasters


Fire can spread quickly and unpredictably. If there is a wildfire in your area, immediately get ready to leave. If a voluntary evacuation notice is given, or if conditions appear to be unsafe, do not delay—leave. Also, even if you are not evacuated, soot, ash, and smoke can affect you and your animals. Air filters can make an enormous difference.


If you live in an area at risk for flooding, keep sandbags and plastic sheeting on hand. Have several alternate evacuation routes planned.

Severe Winter Storms

Companion animals should always be allowed indoors, but especially during severe weather, they should be brought inside until the weather improves. If your pets are outdoors in storms, be sure they have dry shelter. Wet or damp blankets can dangerously chill animals.

Special Considerations for Specific Animals


Since birds are especially susceptible to smoke and chemicals, consider purchasing air filters. Aviaries should have overhead sprinkler systems installed. If you have large numbers of birds, be sure you have enough carriers or detachable, closeable nest boxes for all.


Lidded plastic containers (with holes poked in the top for air) can serve to transport and temporarily house them. Do not mix species. For species that need dampness, use wet paper towels. For those who live in water, fill the container 1/3 full of the water the animal was living in. Remember to bring a portable heat source for animals that need it.