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To provide useful information, and to help pets and their owners, the Disaster Response Team of The Humane Society of the United States has kindly supplied us with their CASEY (Caring for Animals Safety in Emergencies during the Year) Plan and allowed us to post it on our site. For more information, you can email Brandy Baker and/or visit their website at www.hsus.org.
The HSUS/Casey Plan
Hurricanes, floods, wildfires, hazardous material spills–disasters can strike any time, anywhere. But with preparation and planning, your family–including your pets–can be protected.
If You Evacuate Take Your Pets
The single most important thing that you can do to protect your pets if you evacuate is to take your pets with you! If it’s not safe for you to stay in the disaster area, it’s not safe for your pets.
- Animals left behind in a disaster can easily get injured, lost or killed. Animals left inside your home can escape through broken windows or other storm-damaged areas of your home. Animals turned loose to fend for themselves are likely to become victims of exposure, starvation, predators, contaminated food or water, or accidents. Leaving dogs tied or chained outside in a disaster is a death sentence!
- Once you leave your home, you have no way of knowing how long you’ll be kept out of the area–you may not be able to go back for your pets. If you leave, even if you think you may only be gone for a few hours, take your animals.
- Leave early–don’t wait for a mandatory evacuation order. An unnecessary trip is far better than waiting too long to leave safely with your pets. If you must be evacuated by emergency officials, you may be told to leave your pets behind.