Making an Evacuation Plan with Your Pets

With Hurricane Ike so fresh on everyone’s minds, we thought we’d take this week to offer tips about preparing an evacuation plan for you and your dog. Remember, you don’t have to be in a hurricane zone to need an evacuation plan–every area has its dangers, whether wildfires, floods, tornadoes, or, for everyone, civil emergencies.

What would you do if you and your dog had to suddenly evacuate? Hopefully, you’d grab your evacuation plan and start working through your list.

Today’s tip: make that plan. First, assuming that some members of your family might not be at home during an emergency, decide who will take responsibility for getting your dog from home or doggy day care.

When you get your dog and evacuate, where will you meet the rest of your family? Don’t assume that you’ll be able to reach other members of the family via cell phone; in emergency situations, cell phone service can go out as the network is overwhelmed. Make sure everyone has directions to this meeting point and knows to report there.

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About Paris Permenter

Paris Permenter is the founder and co-publisher of LT Media Group LLC. Along with her husband, John Bigley, she edits,, and has authored over 30 books on pets and travel.