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The term hazard means “an event or physical condition that has the potential to cause fatalities, injuries, property damage, infrastructure damage, agriculture loss, damage to the environment, interruption of business, or other harm or loss” (Multi-Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment: A Cornerstone of the National Mitigation Strategy, FEMA, 1997). A single hazard may be caused by multiple events. For example, flooding may occur as a result of heavy rains, a hurricane/tropical storm, or a winter storm. The extent of flooding may differ depending on the event. Developing a family evacuation plan and preparing for the possibility of a natural hazard can help to ensure your family’s safety during the occurrence of multiple types of events.
Protect yourself & other people: The person most responsible for your safety and well-being is YOU!
Make considerations for and customize plans for individual needs and responsibilities based on the methods of communication, types of shelter and methods of transportation available.
Have a plan: Know where you will evacuate to, and the best way to get there. Have necessary supplies kit(s) ready to use.
If an evacuation order has been issued...
Assemble a supplies kit for your home, work and car. Click here to learn what to pack
For Parents with babies and/or small children: Have an emergency supplies kit for baby including:
Protect pets from the hazard: When you evacuate take your pet with you! Call hotels ahead of time to find out which ones accept pets. Choose a designated pet caregiver who will be responsible for picking up your pet if an evacuation is necessary when you are not at home. This caregiver should have keys to your home and know the location of your pet survival kit (see kit materials below). If you have a pet rescue sticker on your house be sure to either remove it or write 'evacuated' across it when you evacuate.
Indicate which shelters in what areas take pets.
PDFs: pets_brochure.pdf PrinterFriendly_Pets.pdf PrinterFriendly_PetOwners_ES.pdf
Assemble a pet survival kit to bring with you including:
Additional items for cats:
Additional items for birds: