Disaster Preparedness / Evacuating your Animals

Disaster Preparedness / Evacuating your Animals

Emergencies come in many forms, and they may require anything from a brief absence from your home to permanent evacuation. Each type of disaster requires different measures to keep your pets safe, so the best thing you can do for yourself and your pets is to be prepared. The ASPCA American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals offers simple steps you can follow now to make sure you’re ready before the next disaster.

As every evacuation is different, we have no idea until it happens where people can go, if their pets can stay with them in the evacuation center, what roads would be open, and what agency would be helping. That is why it is crucial to HAVE ANIMAL CARRIERS/TRAILERS AND TRANSPORTATION READY.

Leave as soon as you get the evacuation notice. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PETS BEHIND OR SET THEM FREE. At the time of evacuation you should be given the safest route out and where to go or call for the evacuation center and assistance once you are SAFELY AWAY FROM YOUR HOME.

Plan in advance for shelter alternatives that will work for both you and your pets such as loved ones and friends OUTSIDE OF YOUR IMMEDIATE AREA.


Yavapai County Emergency Notification System-Sign Up Now


Arizona’s Emergency Information Network-Information on the Evacuation Process and Being Prepared


Coconino County Emergency Alert System


Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office Facebook Page-Fire Information and Evacuation Notice Process Video.


Coconino County Facebook Page