To prepare for the unexpected, keep your pets in mind as you follow these tips:

Make a Plan

Being prepared for a potential emergency or evacuation will reduce stress for you and your pets.

  • Have copies of your pet's vaccination record, make sure your pet is microchipped and wearing tags
  • Develop a buddy system. Plan with neighbors, friends or relatives to make sure someone is available to evacuate your pets if you are unable to do so.
  • Know where to go with your pet during an evacuation. Check with local animal shelters, hotels and acquaintences to see who will take pets.

Build an Emergency Kit

  • Food and water (several days' supply of both) in an airtight, waterproof container
  • Medicine and a first aid kit
  • Backup collar with ID tag and a harness or leash
  • Traveling bag, crate or sturdy carrier for each pet
  • A picture of you and your pet together
  • Grooming and sanitation items as well as familiar items like toys and bedding

Stay Informed

  • Sign up for emergency alerts from Gila Couny Everbridge (
  • Download the FEMA app ( to get weather alerts for up to five different locations anywhere in the United States.

Tips for Large Animals

  • Ensure all animals have some form of identification.
  • Evacuate animals earlier, whenever possible. Map out primary and secondary routes in advance.
  • Make available vehicles and trailers needed for transporting and supporting each type of animal. Also make available experienced handlers and drivers.
  • Ensure destinations have food, water, veterinary care and handling equipment.
  • If evacuation is not possible, animal owners must decide whether to move large animals to a barn or turn them loose outside.