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MARYLAND URGES HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS PLANS TO INCLUDE PETS
(October 26, 2012)
– With Hurricane Sandy’s approach, it is important to include pets in your disaster preparedness plans.
If you must evacuate, take pets with you and have a plan on where to send them. Not all shelters allow pets.
If you need to locate a shelter for your pet during an emergency or disaster,
listen to the radio for instructions from local civil authorities, or
contact the county emergency operations center to find a shelter that accepts pets. Maryland has a Pet Sheltering Plan, which will activate when mass care evacuation centers open.
For a list of local emergency management offices, see:
The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) recommends that, in the event of a disaster, owners of companion animals
Prepare an animal evacuation kit as detailed by the
American Veterinary Medical Association
Take copies of your pet’s vaccination history and medical records with you.
Make sure your pet wears a collar with identification (tattoo, ID tag, microchip, etc.) that includes a phone number.
Bring a crate, leash, at least a three-day supply of food, water, and all medication your pet takes, and a few of your pet’s favorite toys.
eep a current photo of your pet, in case it gets lost.
“Your animals depend on you to be prepared in the event of a disaster situation,” said Maryland State Veterinarian Dr. Guy Hohenhaus.
“Take the extra time now to create a comprehensive disaster plan to ensure the safety and well-being of you, your family, and your pets.”
For more information about disaster planning, contact the Maryland Emergency Management Agency at 1-877-MEMA-USA or log on to
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