Emergency Preparedness for Pet Owners

We, at the Chicago Commission on Animal Control, urge all animal owners to take the necessary precautionary steps in the case of floods, fires, blizzards, terrorism.  Devastating natural and man-made disasters can ravage our lives.  No one is exempt from the possibity of being affected personally.  You need to prepare for yourself and for your animals in case of disaster.

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has developed this booklet to help you avoid having to leave your animals stranded in the event of a disaster or an evacuation.  Download the booklet.

Do Not Wait Until It Is Too Late

Countless times people have been told to leave their homes for a "short time", only to find that they cannot return for days or weeks.  Even disasters like gas leaks and minor flooding can keep you from tending to your animals for extended periods of time.  To prevent situations such as these take your animals with you.  It is best to be overly cautious during a disaster warning.  Preparing ahead of time and acting quickly is the best way to keep you and your family, including your animals, out of danger.

  • Familiarize yourself with each type of disaster that could affect your area, not forgetting a hazardous materials spill.
  • Be prepared for the possible disruption of services for extended periods of time, including electric, phone, and local food and water sources.
  • Having a plan in place and practicing the plan prior to a disaster will help you accomplish a successful evacuation and maintain the safety of your animals