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Animals and Disaster Planning

PET OWNERS SHOULD ALWAYS EVACUATE WITH THEIR PETS.

BEFORE A DISASTER, YOUR PET WILL NEED THE FOLLOWING IN THEIR DISASTER KIT:

  • Food for seven days.  Rotate food into use to insure freshness. 

  • Water for seven days. For dogs, this is one gallon per day for a forty pound dog and one quart per day per cat. 

  • Medications your pet regularly takes - cycle it into use before it expires.  Ask your veterinarian to provide you with new medications with a later expiration date. 

  • Leashes for BOTH dogs and cats. Carriers for small dogs and cats should be stored in an easily accessible area. 

  • All pets should have identification tags attached to a collar that they always wear.

  • KEEP YOUR VACCINATIONS CURRENT (WITHIN THE LAST YEAR) AND KEEP A COPY OF THE VACCINATION DATES IN YOUR DISASTER KIT. 

  • Identify friends, relatives, kennels and veterinary clinics that your pets can stay with if there is a disaster. 

  • Have plastic bags and scoopers to pick up and store pet waste. 

  • Store extra collars, leashes, and heavy food bowls in your kit. 

  • The following first aid supplies will be needed: gauze rolls for bandaging and making muzzles, towels, blankets, and a manual can opener. 

  • Current photographs of all your pets.

DURING A DISASTER:

  • Stay calm.

  • Take shelter.

AFTER A DISASTER:

  • Evaluate your pet's injuries. REMEMBER your pet may be in pain. You must prevent injury to yourself so you can help your pet. Muzzle your dog using gauze rolls from your disaster kit. Place a towel over your cat to handle it. REMEMBER that even the most gentle pet will respond defensively when frightened or in pain. 

  • OFTEN YOUR PET WILL NOT SHOW EVIDENCE OF INJURY. HAVE YOUR PET EXAMINED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE BY YOUR VETERINARIAN.
    IF YOUR PET IS LOST:

  • Fill out a lost pet report and take current photographs to ALL the shelters within a 30 mile radius. 

  • DO NOT RELY ON PHONE CALLS TO THE SHELTER TO LOCATE YOUR PET. GO TO EACH SHELTER DAILY, IN PERSON, TO LOOK AT EVERY PET. ASK TO SEE THE SICK AND INJURED ANIMALS. 

  • Provide descriptions and current photographs to the Torrance Animal Control, local veterinarians, local veterinary emergency clinics and the Veterinary Disaster Team. 

  • Use caution when handling stray animals. Notify your animal control agency if an animal acts as though it might injure you. Turn over all strays to the animal shelter so their worried owners can find them.

  • Keep all strays away from areas your own pets are allowed.