Pet preparedness

pet saftey

pets are family members

  • Animals are effected by the same disasters and emergency's as people. This is why they should be included in your family emergency plan. Consider the tips below while preparing for an emergency or disaster. 

make a plan

  • Find a safe shelter for your pets before a disaster occurs. 
  • Evacuation shelters do not accept pets, except for service animals, and you will not be allowed to bring them to these facilities if you need to stay there during an emergency event. 
  • Check for pet friendly accommodations at your local hotels. 
  • Have your pet microchipped.
  • Create a buddy system with someone who you can trust to check on your animals in case you are not home.
  • Talk to your veterinarian. 
  • Contact Berrien County Animal Control to get additional advice for how to care for your animals during an emergency. 

build an emergency preparedness kit

  • Keep several days of food and water in an airtight, waterproof container.
  • First Aid Kit for your pets.
  • Medications.
  • Copies of veterinary health/immunization records.
  • Identification collar.
  • Carrier, cage, or leash for each animal.
  • Sanitation needs.
  • Grooming items.
  • Special items such as toys, treats, and bedding.

stay informed

  • Sign up for Berrien County Emergency Alerts.
  • Listen to local radio stations and local television stations for disaster information.
  • Always bring pets indoors at first sign or warning of a storm or disaster. 

REMEMBER: If you cannot take your pets with you during an evacuation do NOT let them roam free. Shelter them indoors or undercover. Leaving them confines outdoors or left to fend for themselves will result in almost certain disaster for your non-human friends.

Berrien County Animal Control