Evacuating Your Home

Be Prepared

It is important that people with dependents, including pets, have considered what they will do in the event of flooding or other reasons for home evacuation. All of the emergency services, including animal rescue, come under pressure during extreme weather, advance planning can help ensure that you and your family and pets are safe.


  • Store an easy to carry emergency kit in case you need to suddenly evacuate with your pets. It should contain food, blankets, cat boxes, leashes and any necessary medication and all family members should know where it is kept.  Make sure to rotate food and medication so that does not go out of date.
  • Make sure all pets wear collars and tags with up-to-date identification. Your pet’s ID tag should contain his name, telephone number, and any urgent medical needs. Be sure to write your pet’s name, your name and contact information on your pet’s carrier. Ensure that you have your animals’ vaccination certificates and veterinary practice details to hand. You should keep these documents with other important personal and household documents so that you can find everything easily and in a hurry.
  • The DSPCA recommends micro-chipping you’re pet as a more permanent form of identification. A microchip is implanted in the animal’s shoulder area, and can be read by scanner at animal rescue and rehoming centers, veterinary practices and pounds. For more information on Microchipping please click here.
  • Always bring pets indoors at the first sign or warning of a storm or flooding. Pets can become disoriented and wander away from home during a crisis.
  • Pet your pet in their carriers so they are easy to carry and can’t run off.
  • If you believe that your home is at risk and you may need to evacuate, consider where you will go and whether or not your pets will be able to come with you.  Make arrangements with friends and relatives to take in your pets and research boarding facilities that you can bring your pets to.
  • Remember that boarding kennels will require that pets are fully up to date on vaccinations and in the case of dogs make sure they have received a current kennel cough vaccine.