Emergencies and Disaster Planning


Preparing Your Pets for Emergencies Makes Sense. Get Ready Now.

Ready America.

Provides a brochure and video on preparing your pets for disasters.

Disaster Survivor Assistance: Helping Pets

DHS. Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Tips for pet owners following a disaster.

Disaster Preparedness and Response for Veterinarians

American Veterinary Medical Association.

A collection of topical papers regarding disaster preparedness for animals.

Introduction to Animal Emergency Management

Center for Food Security and Public Health.

Developed with the support of USDA APHIS Animal Care Emergency Programs, this 10 part course provides Animal Care employees with foundational information and skills to support their emergency planning and response roles. This course may also be useful to individuals involved in animal emergency management in local, state, tribal or federal agencies and non-governmental organizations.

Animal Care Emergency Programs (ACEP)

USDA. APHIS. Animal Care.

Animal Care Emergency Programs envisions a nation working together to protect the public through ensuring the safety and well-being of animals during disasters. Supporting animal safety and well-being during disasters is a significant factor in ensuring the safety and well-being of people.

Animals in Disaster: Awareness and Preparedness Online Training Module

DHS. FEMA. Emergency Management Institute.

Online training module to increase awareness and preparedness among animal owners about typical hazards, how animals are affected and what can be done to reduce the impact of disasters.

Animals in Disaster: Community Planning Online Training Module

DHS. FEMA. Emergency Management Institute.

Online training module to to guide emergency management officials, animal owners, and industries in preparing community disaster plans.

Pets Evacuation and Standards Act 2006 (PDF | 34 KB)

This US law requires local and state emergency preparedness authorities to include in their evacuation plans how they will accommodate household pets and service animals in case of a disaster.

Pet and Disaster Safety

American Red Cross.

Provides a disaster plan checklist and first aid information for pets.

Environmental Protection Agency logo Protecting Pets: Pesticides

Environmental Protection Agency.

EPA is responsible for ensuring that all pesticides sold in the United States do not cause unreasonable risks when they are used according to label directions and precautions.

Protect Your Pets in an Emergency

DHHS. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

As part of the information on emergency preparedness, this page lists things to consider, local animal shelter contacts, and web page links.

National Alliance of State Animal and Agricultural Emergency Programs (NASAAEP) Best Practices Library

Contains a selected list of reference materials for animal emergency response.

Poisonous Plants Informational Database

Department of Animal Science. Cornell University.

Database on many of the plants that grow in the U.S. that may be poisonous to livestock, this is not intended to be a comprehensive resource.

Eligible Costs Related to Pet Evacuations and Sheltering

DHS. Federal Emergency Management Agency.

FEMA public assistance policy for household pets and service animals (DAP 9523.19).

Preparing for a Disaster: Planning for Pets and Livestock

DHS. Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Information on planning ahead in the event of a natural disaster to protect the safety and well being of your pets and livestock.

First Aid Tips for Pet Owners

American Veterinary Medical Association.

The Web site provides basic information about how to respond to a pet's medical emergency.

Map of the United States Animal Disaster Plans and Resources by State

American Veterinary Medical Association.

Map of the United States with active links state by state of current animal disaster plans.

Image of the eye of a hurricane Disaster Preparedness for Veterinarians

American Veterinary Medical Association.

Consists of 4 parts: Guide; Saving the Whole Family (Large and Small Animals); Veterinary Practice and Veterinary Medical Assistance Teams (VMAT).

Pet Safety

American Humane Association.

Contains general safety information as well as reducing rabies risk, poison-proofing your pet; pet-proofing your home, preparing for disaster, etc.

Disaster Preparedness for Pets

Humane Society of the United States.

Information for before, during and after a disaster.

Three horses grazing Disaster Preparedness for Horses

Humane Society of the United States.

Discusses the importance for horse disaster preparedness due to the animals' size and their shelter and transportation needs. Disasters from barn fires to train derailments may require evacuation and you must be prepared to move your horses to a safe area.

Animal Poison Control Center

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Provides a non-profit hotline for animal poisoning emergencies and a listing of hazards including poisonous plants. For a per case fee, veterinarians are available 24 hrs/day to give advice.

Animal Poison Control FAQ

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Animal Poison Control Center.

Emergency contacts and expert advice to protect your pets from potentially dangerous substances found around your home.

Household Products Database--Pet Care

DHHS. NIH. U.S. National Library of Medicine.

This database links many consumer brands to health effects from Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) provided by manufacturers and allows scientists and consumers to research products based on chemical ingredients.

Indiana Plants Poisonous to Livestock and Pets

Cooperative Extension Service. Purdue University.

Describes poisonous plants, including photos, toxicity rating, animals affected, signs of poisoning, first aid etc.