August 29, 2015 was the 10th year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Hurricane Katrina killed nearly 2,000 people and left 600,000 pets deceased or homeless. Almost half (44%) of the people refused to evacuate because they felt they could not bring their animals with them. Despite this tragedy, ASPCA recent poll shows that 35% of pet owners still don’t have plans in place for the next big storm.
Be properly prepared for a natural disaster, so you can better protect your pets from disaster. Below is an infographic: “When Disaster Strikes” provided by ASPCA. The infographic includes simple steps that can save lives in the event of an emergency disaster.
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stella rose says
That number is just mind blogging….this was a great post though for the information….stella rose
Jean Dion says
I met a few Katrina survivor dogs in Portland during my time at work in the animal ER. Some of those dogs had truly horrible (and chronic) medical conditions due to the pollution in the rising waters. They were stuck in that water for days and days, and it was just terrible for their skin and their lungs. It made me all the more determined to plan ahead for my pets.
But also, I’m glad that FEMA and some of the other organizations are doing the same. During Katrina, many people HAD to leave their pets behind, due to the rules and regulations. I’m glad to see that’s changing, and that officials are starting to recognize that people need to take their pets with them when they’re evacuated.
Jean from Welcome to the Menagerie
Dory's Backyard says
What great info Sugar, We have a big portable garbage can filled with our emergency kit!
Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo
Sandy Weinstein says
yes, i have 2 kits, one from the course i took from the red cross pet course which i have added to it and one for me that has things for my girls as well. i keep plenty of bottled water, canned foods for both me and the girls, the container i keep the kibble in is waterproof and sealed and holds 30 lbs. i keep their seatbelts and harnesses in the car. i have their crates in my house. i keep all of the collars, harnesses, leashes in a bag with towels, treats, toys, etc. i have their medical records in folders on my piano. i have a batter operated fan in the car and blankets in the car. i keep a case of water on hand for emergenies. i also have plenty of flashlights and a drawer full of batteries. my electricity use to go out a lot so i learned to keep things on hand. i would love a another kit as i have 3 gals. Evie, Tressa and Harley.
Sandy Weinstein says
i already signed the petition and get their emails
Natural Healing 4 Pets says
What a great post 🙂
It’s really awesome 🙂
The sugar is really great 🙂
Kimberly Flickinger says
I currently do not have a disaster plan but plan on making one.
Sharon Gilbert says
I do not have a pan but after read the blog …. I better get busy and make a plan for Schooner and Skipper. When the is a threat of a tornado or thunderstorm I have to go and grab everything I think we need until it passes…but I need to have things in a bag that I can grab instead of hunting everything down. Thanks for all the information. That will be one of my project for today!
De Hufford says
It’s good to be prepared.
Sally T. says
Yes I have two disaster kits packed with water,food,medical equipment,blankets and towels.
Lisa F. says
I have my leashes ready to go and some small crates, but other than that, I don’t have a specific plan. I need to work on that!
M. K. Clinton says
We have an ASPCA Disaster kit and love it. Hurricane Katrina was responsible for many shelters in our state to become pet-friendly.
I have first aid kits, but not a disaster plan… I’ll have to get on that.
We have a first aid kit but we still need to work on a disaster plan.
Lori Walker says
we don’t have a plan but i think i’ll get some slip leashes.
Julie Murphy says
no we don’t have a plan at all
Kimberly Hilbert says
I don’t have a plan at all. We probably should get enough pet carriers for everyone if we had to leave very quickly.
Jaque R. says
I do not have a plan….but need one as I can not imagine losing my sweet, innocent fur babies. Thank you for bringing this to my attention. 🙂
Daniel Scott says
We have canned food as well as kibble. The kibble is kept in a secure container and we also have blankets ready to go.
Faith Collins says
This is a very timely post as us Floridians are still dealing with Tropical Storm Erika flood threats. Our list includes: canned dog food, 2 harnesses, 2 leashes, updated vaccinations, a photo of our pooch, his water bowl, his dog bed, a soft toy for him, and ear and eye wash. We still need some type of first aid dog kit!
Thanks for the great opportunity!
melissa Resnick says
i dont have anything in place i never thought of it , i will now
Richard Hicks says
I don’t really have one, but kind of have an idea what needs to be done
Deborah W. says
I don’t have a plan but I do plan on going to the ASPCA disaster site and print out the suggested list. I have extra water on hand and extra food but that’s about it.
I don’t have a well thought out plsn, but I do have an emergency pop up pet shelter with compartments for food and medicine. I really need to establish a full plan, thank you for all of the valuable information.
beth shepherd says
No, but it will go on my to do list. Thank you
no we don’t have a plan, I will now.
Holly Guerrio says
I do not have a plan, but this article will help me create one.
Sadly, I must admit, we don’t. This would be a wonderful starter!
Shelley P says
I have a container with water, food, documents, blankets, batteries and flashlights ready to go. I don’t have a first aid kit though which is very important. I guess you never want to think of that situation 🙁 I need to do a bit more preparing! TY!
Cindy S. says
OMG – I don’t have an emergency plan ready for my pets. Thank you for bringing this to my attention – I don’t know what I would do if something would happen to my babies!!
Margot C says
I don’t have a disaster plan exactly. I do have some pet-specific first aid materials, in a box. That’s all, I’m going to have to re-think this.
Chris D. says
We live in a pretty non-disastery type of area but that still doesn’t mean I shouldn’t prepare. I have a backpack I use for a tupperware of dry food, cans of wet food, water & bowls. It’s the medical that I will have to do some research on.
Kayla Leadman says
No i don’t have a plan but i plan to educated myself and become prepared.
Michelle Cavanaugh says
We really don’t have a plan but we are thinking of ways to put one together.
Ann Cluck says
I have a backpack for Lady Girl ready to go in case of emergency.
Mary W says
We do not have a formal disaster plan. We have crates to transport all pets and they are micro-chipped in case we get separated.
I don’t have a plan, but I want to create an emergency kit!
Jill H says
No, I do have crates/carriers and harness’s for dogs
Hob Jen says
I do not have a pet disaster plan and I plan to research this topic and get more prepared.
Linda Szymoniak says
I have been working on a pet disaster plan, but need to work on it. I have some first aid items and have cat crates and leashes where I can easily get them if I would ever need to evacuate my pets. I have their vet records together and am going to make some copies (one to keep in my vehicle, one at hone, and one will be in the bag I’m going to set up with some basics in case I need to get my furbabies out quickly.
Angela Cash says
I have taken some steps to protect my pets in the event of a disaster but I definitely need to develop a plan. My dogs are microchipped and always wear their ID tags. Building an emergency kit for them is the most important thing that I need to do.
We don’t yet, but since we have several fur babies we are going to start working on one using these great tips!
Rose Santuci-Sofranko says
We sort of have one…I have 2 carriers opened up in our home that our cats will go in and sleep in occasionally, it is our wish that if a disaster hits we can get them in the carriers more easily if they have gotten used to them first hand.
Amy Jones says
We do not have an official emergency preparedness plan at home. At work/school we are all covered. It’s on my mind, I just need to get to it & get it done.
Lisa V. says
Never gave it much thought, but I guess a lot of it would be the same as when we take them camping in primative woods for a week.
Candice N says
No specific plan in place but we only have cats who fit easily into their carriers (which are easily accessible), and we always have an extra bag of cat food and bottled water in the house. They are also both microchipped and have tags with basic information.
tina reynolds says
I really dont have a plan but will work on one now so much helpful information provided
I currently do not have a disaster plan for my beloved shih tzu but I do havelots of his fave canned food stored and a few cases of water bottles for easy acess if we need to stay inside for some time or if we need to pick up and go
Jamie N. says
I don’t really have a pet disaster plan. I need to make sure to gather the needed supplies!
I have not prepared my pet disaster plan yet. However, I will include all of necessary essentials to create
an awesome pet disaster plan/kit.