Disaster Preparedness

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Be Prepared!
We urge pet owners to prepare today and reduce the amount of stress you and your companion animal will go through when disaster strikes. Shelters and government agencies will be involved in disaster relief, but will not be able to care for all animals impacted by a disaster. 

Are you and your pets ready?
How many of our eight disaster prep boxes can you check as “completed.”

  • Keep ID current! Pets with outdated tags (or no tags) cannot be reunited with owners.  When you move or change phone numbers, update your pet’s tag! Personalized tags are available at ICAC and most pet supply stores.
  • Double up on ID. In addition to wearing an ID tag, your pet should be micro-chipped.  This form of ID cannot fall off. You can “chip” your pet at ICAC, no appointment necessary, for $20.
  • Have two current photos of your pet, in case you need to post “Lost Pet” flyers, and create a one-page document describing his/her diet, medicines, unusual behaviors, aversions and distinguishing features.
  • Establish two friends (one local, one out-of-the-area) who can help care for your pet in the event of a disaster. The neighbor should be someone you trust with a copy of your house key. The out-of-area friend should be willing to house your pet for up to a week. Human shelters (i.e. that set-up cannot house pets.
  • Secure your house inside and out. Repair or replace loose fence boards or gates before the big storm hits and earthquake-proof any tall furniture.
  • Familiarize your pet with a carrier or crate, as you may need to use one to transport your pet during an emergency. If you associate the crate or carrier with something positive (i.e. trips to the dog park), your pet will be more comfortable when you need to use it.
  • Create your own “human” disaster prep kit. If you can’t help yourself, you won’t be able to help your pet. For ideas or more information, visit www.JUSTONETHING.org.
  •  Keep a short list of pet-friendly hotels where you live or where you plan to travel.  Some chains, including Motel 6, are “pet friendly.”

Please review our disaster supply list and see how ICAC is prepared to help displaced pets in Ingham County.

Keep Emergency Checklist:

  • first-aid book
  • adhesive tape
  • tweezers
  • hydrogen peroxide
  • gauze bandages and pads
  • cotton swabs
  • scissors
  • antibiotic ointment
  • plastic pet carrier/crate
  • leash
  • one-week supply of pet food
  • can opener
  • water
  • any/all regular medications
  • bowls for food & water
  • blanket/bedding and towel
  • plastic bags for waste disposal
  • pet’s favorite treats (to entice when scared/stressed)
  • disinfectants
  • newspapers/paper towels
  • comb/brush
  • litter (for cats)

Your pet’s first-aid kit should include:

  • Unvaccinated pets are at risk for contracting diseases when housed with other animals
  • Keep address/phone numbers of Emergency Clinics and pet-friendly hotels
  • Visit ICAC or your local shelter as soon as you and your pet are separated
  • When cats are caught up in disasters (i.e. a FLOOD) they tend to hide, while dogs see an open door, or broken fence and flee

Ingham County Animal Control
600 Curtis St. Mason, MI 48854
517 676-8370 
Fax 517 676-8380 

Capital Area Human Society
Grand River Blvd, Lansing MI
517 626-6060   www.cahs-lansing.org/

Eaton County Animal Control     517-543-7555                      
Clinton County Animal Control  989-224-5116
Shiawassee  County                    989-743-2406
Jackson County                           517-788-4464