Animal Care in Emergencies
- Familiarize yourself with each type of disaster that could affect your area.
- Identify other sources for food and water.
- Keep all vehicles well maintained and full of fuel, in case of evacuation.
- Have cash on hand, in case of an emergency.
- Have a back-up generator for food/animal production operations.
- Place stickers on doors to notify first responders that there are pets and/or farm animals on the premises.
- Know that evacuation/reception centres may or may not be equipped to accommodate animals.
Your emergency plan should include:
- Primary and alternative meeting point away from your home;
- An evacuation plan;
- List of contact numbers, including your pet’s veterinarian;
- Prior arrangements made with family and friends to take care of your animal.
If evacuation is necessary:
- A list of “pet-friendly” hotels and motels with phone numbers included;
- A back-up plan if you cannot take care of your animals;
- A family 72-hour emergency kit, including pet supplies.
Emergency Kit – Pets Checklist
- What you should include in a transportable bag or duffel bag:
- Minimum 3-day supply of bottled water and sealed pet food;
- Portable water and food bowls;
- Paper towels and can openers;
- Medication and veterinarian contact information;
- Leash and/or harness, or muzzle if appropriate;
- Blanket and favourite toy;
- Plastic bags;
- Up-to-date ID tag and a current photo of animal, in case they get lost or separated from you, the owner;
- Copy of license (if required);
- Litter pan, litter, and scooper;
- Pet carrier for transportation;
- Pet first aid kit;
- Information on pet’s feeding schedule, behavioural/medical concerns and any other special instructions in case you have to take your pet to a shelter or kennel;
- List of shelters, hotels and motels that allow pets;
- Heat source for exotic animals.
- Check the kit twice a year to ensure freshness of food and water, and to restock any supplies you have used.
- For quick and easy access during an emergency, keep your emergency kits close to the front door of your home.
Emergency Kit – Livestock Checklist
Talk to your veterinarian when developing your emergency kit to ensure you have all the supplies you may need to care for your animals.
- 3-7 day supply of food and water;
- Blindfolds (towel, bandana);
- Batteries (flashlight, radio);
- Copies of important records and proof of ownership;
- Emergency contact list;
- Tools for maintaining and cleaning hooves;
- Record instructions for proper feeding routines and any medicines that may need to be administered;
- Map of local area and evacuation site;
- Halters and leads or rope with ID attached;
- Paper towels;
- Bags and supplies for clean up;
- Water buckets;
- Wire cutters;
- Animal first aid kit.
Biosecurity Basics - Livestock
- Use signage, barriers, sanitation, and clothing practices to prevent disease.
- Contact the veterinarian to help detect and control disease risk to animals.
- Know the health of new stock; isolate new and sick animals.
- Obey all import procedures for animals and agricultural products.
For more information
Manager, Emergency Preparedness
50 King Street, London, ON., N6A 5L7
Tel: 519-663-5317 x2371 Fax: 519-663-9413
Last modified on: February 11, 2013