Hurricane Plan for Pets
Living in Southwest Florida, it is important that we have a hurricane plan already in place for our pets when severe
weather threatens. Preparing for a disaster NOW will make the situation less stressful should an emergency arise.
Insure that you have prepared a separate secure carrier for every pet member of your household. List the pet’s
name, phone number and address in indelible ink or on a secure tag attached to each carrier. Cat carriers should
be large enough to contain a small litter pan in addition to allowing your cat lie down
Insure that you have a separate leash and collar or harness for each animal. Two nonspill bowls for food and water
per pet should be easily accessible.
Identify a NON LOCAL site for pet care. If conditions are severe enough to warrant your leaving, chances are that
they will also be less than ideal at local pet care facilities that may be impacted by lack of electricity, lack of
employees and lack of fresh water - not to mention flooding or structural damage. In southwest Florida we
recommend picking a location to the north and inland and one to the east. If you have friends or family in these areas
we suggest a reciprocal plan for you to care for each other’s pets should the need arise. An alternative would be to
identify pet friendly hotels in these areas and inquire as to their restrictions. Web sites like BringFido.com will give a
listing by area of pet friendly lodging sites.
Keep your pets up to date on their vaccines and make a second copy of all medical records to be kept in a file for
evacuation. Include any proof of ownership papers and phone numbers of your veterinarian and another
responsible party that can make decisions regarding your pet. Prepare a photo of each pet with name, sex, age and
description/microchip number. Include information regarding any medical conditions, drug requirements,
sensitivities, or special needs of each animal.
Have your pet microchipped so they can be identified if lost.
Maintain a first aid kit for pets including eye wash, bandages, antibiotic ointment and gauze.
WHEN A WATCH IS ISSUED
Insure the following is on hand:
2 week supply of food for each pet.
2 week supply of water for each pet.
2 weeks of prescription medication for each pet. Include heartworm and flea preventative.
Manual can opener.
2 week supply of litter/bedding for each animal.
Cage covers for birds
Reaffirm alternate pet care availability.
Place visible ID bands on each pet with name, phone number and phone number of an out of area contact.
Remember-cell phones may not work!
WHEN WARNING IS ISSUED
Walk animal as needed.
Place in carriers or attach leashes.
Pack Evacuation kit for departure.
Pack pets for departure.
Our pets provide unconditional love in both the best and the worst of times. A little advance planning will insure that
whether rain or shine, if they can count on us, we can count on them.
Both hospitals have pet emergency kits in stock that can be customized with your pets medical records
and medication in advance. See one of our technicians for details
PLEASE NOTE COLLIER COUNTY HAS A DOG AND CAT HURRICANE SHELTER LOCATED OFF OF LIVINGSTON
ROAD IN NORTH NAPLES . ALL PETS MUST BE PRE-REGISTERED YEARLY. REGISTRATION IS SUSPENDED
ONCE A HURRICANE WARNING HAS BEEN ISSUED. SPACE IS LIMITED. PLEASE FOLLOW THE LINK FOR
REGISTRATION, REQUIREMENTS AND MORE INFORMATION: COLLIER PET FRIENDLY EMERGENCY