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Including Animals in Disaster Planning


North Carolina State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, along with the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and numerous other organizations, have assembled useful resources to help Rescued dogveterinarians, animal care providers, and animal owners who find themselves in the path of tornadoes, hurricanes, tropical storms, floods, severe winter weather, or other events requiring emergency response or evacuation.

As noted by in the AVMA's emergency planning booklet, "Saving the Whole Family," emergency preparations should include pets and other animals.


The following links provide useful information for disaster planning.

Companion Animals


American Veterinary Medical Association

Hurricane Preparedness

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Information for Pet Owners

North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Protecting your Pets in a Disaster

United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

Disaster Planning for Animal Owners

Pet Travel

Pet Emergency Preparedness

NC State CVM - Toni Poston, Class of 2012

Emergency Preparedness and Travel for Pet Bird Owners

NC State CVM - Dr. Greg Lewbart's Aquarium Tips

Emergency Preparedness for Fish: Dealing with Power Outages for Aquariums and Ponds

NC State CVM - Dr. Barrett Slenning on Pets and Evacuations

Prepare Now for Severe Weather Events

Raleigh Aquarium Society and North American Native Fishes Association

Traveling with pet fish

If you need to evacuate to a shelter with your pet

If you take pets to a shelter that allows them, you need to have pet supplies, collar with ID, up-to-date vet records, pet carrier, and leash.  A picture of the pet is good to have.  For identification purposes, it is also recommended that pets be microchipped. If there is no shelter that accepts pets, look for local hotels that allow pets such as those listed at

NCSU William Rand Kenan, Jr. Library of Veterinary Medicine

Travel-Ready Pet Resource List


NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (866-506-6222)

NC State Extension Horse Husbandry

Hurricane preparations for horse farms

Farm Animals

North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Emergency Programs Division