Emergency Readiness Dog Plan

It’s very important to have an emergency readiness plan for yourself and the people you live with, and it’s also important to have a plan for all your animals. This is just what I have prepared for my dog. Everything is stored in a waterproof bin in an easily accessible location (near a door, close to the cars). 

Important records: on paper (in waterproof bag), on my phone, and emailed to myself/others 

  • Rabies certificate
  • Vaccinations
  • Other medical summaries
  • Proof of ownership or county registration information 
  • Recent photos of pet
  • Recent photo of pet and owner, for claiming purposes
  • Microchip information 
    • ID number, name and number of company
  • General instructions on feeding schedule, medications, behavioral problems 
  • Pre-made missing dog handouts
  • Contact information
    • Yourself
    • Designated caretakers of dog 
    • Veterinarian
    • Local animal services
    • Family/friends (at least 50 miles away)
    • Pet-friendly hotels/motels (at least 50 miles away)


  • Collar with ID tags 
    • My dog wears a collar, so this is a backup
  • Leash
  • Harness
  • Travel crate
    • Make sure they are used to the crate before crisis 
  • Blanket or towels
  • Toys
  • Muzzle 
    • Will be helpful if injured and needs to be restrained


  • Food and water 
    • At least 1 week is recommended
    • If using canned food: can opener, lid, spoon 
    • Water: at least ½ gallon per day 
  • Food and water bowls
  • Pet first aid kit 
    • Instructions (x, x) to assemble your own  
    • Basic information on CPR, treatments, etc 
  • Basic sanitary supplies
    • Poop bags, disinfectant, paper towels 
  • Medications with dosage, instructions, contact for refill 


  • Not all shelters accept pets! 
  • Consider the most likely disasters for your location
    • I might not have to evacuate my home after an earthquake, but I likely would in a wildfire
  • Remember expiration dates! Check expiration days at least once a year (food, water, medications, first aid) and replace them ASAP
  • Your local animal serves likely has an emergency plan for pets. My county animal services will set up temporary pet-friendly shelters, but will not accommodate aggressive dogs or dogs over 80 lbs
  • Similar information applies to other pets, but I’m no expert!
    • Cats would additionally need litter, litterpan, scoop
    • Pet evacuation shelters may not accept reptiles/birds/exotics
    • Here is some information for livestock
  • If you have anything to add please reblog this post or let me know so I can edit it!