cat_content_logoVeterinary Technician Virginia Rud of the Minnesota School of Business says that when it comes to protecting a pet during an emergency, it’s critical to plan ahead. She says, “making sure that the whole family is in on the plan, that everyone knows what their part is, is going to make it so much smoother.”

This means keeping a collar and leash; food and water; and your pet’s medical records on hand in case you need to evacuate. Rud also recommends microchips or other permanent identification that won’t be affected if your pet is lost or injured.

During a disaster, emergency personnel may ask neighbors if a pet is inside your home. So consider giving them a list of emergency contacts who can answer questions about your pet in your absence.