The following items should be on hand in the home of anyone with pets in case of any emergency. The emergency does not have to be a major disaster such as Hurricane Andrew. It can be a localized problem, such as a fire, hazardous waste leak, tornado, severe power outage, etc. If you have to leave your home in a hurry for any reason, these are the items you should take:
You should also post a "Pet Alert" notice on a prominent window or door stating animals are inside the house. The simplest allow you to state what type and how many animals you have. In case of an emergency where you are not home and it needs to be evacuated (such as a fire or gas leak), this will be important information for rescue personnel.
Never leave your pet at home if you are evacuating because of a disaster of any proportion. Even if the pet survives the emergency, you may not be able to return for some time and it could be trapped with no food or water.
Emergency shelters do not allow pets inside. Therefore, you must make arrangements in advance for temporary housing with family or friends who agree to let you keep your pet with you if you are evacuated from your home.
In a hurricane situation, warning of potential disaster is given. Don't wait. Immediately leave for your pre-arranged temporary housing before the highways become packed and you are trapped in the path of the storm. Take all your supplies with you.