HSL HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS
Evacuation Kit Provisions
First Aid Kit Provisions
of New Orleans Evacuation Plan
Hurricane Katrina taught us the hard way that the safety
of our animals must be made a priority in the event
of a disaster. We know we must make preparations now--before
the storm-- in order to avoid chaos and confusion later.
The following guidelines are designed to help you make
these preparations to ensure the wellfare of your pets
this hurricane season.
1) EVACUATE WITH YOUR
appropriately sized pet carriers for each animal. If
your pet is unaccustomed to traveling in a carrier,
do some trial runs, so the experience will not be completely
new when you evacuate. Label each carrier with your
contact information, and the name of the pet inside.
2) PROVIDE FOR THE NEEDS OF
YOUR PETS DURING AND AFTER THE EVACUATION. Create
a Pet Evacuation Kit so that everything they need is
packed and ready to go in the event of an evacuation.
here for our list of recommended provisions for
your pets kit.
3) MAKE SURE YOUR PET IS UP
TO DATE ON ALL VACCINATIONS.
Ideally, you will be able to keep your animals
with you throughout the evacuation process; but in the
event that they must be boarded at a shelter, vet, or
other boarding facility, your animal must be current
on all vaccinations to be admitted. You will be required
to show proof of these vaccinations. Ask your vet for
a copy of your pets vaccination record, including
a current rabies license and tag.
4) HAVE YOUR PET MICROCHIPPED.
We highly recommend this animal identification
and tracking system. A tiny microchip is injected under
the animals skin, where it remains for the duration
of your pets life. The chip poses no threat to
your pets health, and the injection is quick and
relatively painless, much like the vaccination process.
Your pets personal identification number is read
by a scanning device routinely used by most humane societies,
shelters, animal control, and veterinarians. You will
then be contacted as to the location of your pet. (At
the very least, have identification tags with your pets
name, your address and phone number, securely affixed
to your pets collar).
5) CREATE AN IDENTIFICATION
FILE FOR EACH PET. This is an insurance policy
against the irrevocable loss of your pet in the event
of a disaster. The file should include current photographs
of your pet (you will have to show a photograph to have
your animal released to you from a shelter, or other
holding facility; including yourself in the photos will
facilitate this process), microchip identification number,
adoption papers, a written description of your pet (feline,
female, 7 years old, grey tabby, 10 lbs, etc), a description
of your pets distinctive markings (white paws,
black spot on back, etc.), diet, medications, vaccination
history, behavioral issues and personality. Place the
file in a water-proof folder, and put it with your Pet
6) SECURE ACCOMMODATIONS FOR
YOUR PET BEFORE THE STORM.
Establish where your pet will be housed in the
event of an evacuation. Ideally, you will be traveling
to friends or family who are willing and able to house
your pets. For many of us, other arrangements must be
made. Locate pet-friendly hotels, boarding facilities,
and shelters in the area to which you will be evacuating.
Secure reservations for your animals if possible, and
get directions to the hotel or boarding facility. For
a list of websites featuring pet-friendly
accommodations, click here.
EVACUATION KIT PROVISIONS:
||pet food ( 2 week supply; dont forget
the manual can opener if you bring canned food!)
||water (2 week supply)
|| pet bowls leashes and/or harnesses medications
(including heart worm preventative, flea preventative)
|| pet carriers, labeled with your contact
information pet identification folders vaccination
history (including rabies license and tags)
|| pet first aid kit (see below for contents)
||emergency contact numbers (your veterinarians
phone number, for example)
|| list of pet-friendly hotels, shelters, boarding
||maps with evacuation routes (Contraflow
maps are available at Lowes, Home Depot, and
Walmart locations in the greater New Orleans area.)
|| pet toys, pet beds, and/or blankets
||treats, litter box, litter, and scoop dog-poop
bags paper towels trash bags
||flashlight, batteries and radio
FIRST AID KIT, BASIC PROVISIONS
|| Bandage tape
|| Gauze pads (assorted
sizes) Conforming bandage
|| Latex gloves
|| Wash cloth
OF NEW ORLEANS EVACUATION PLAN
New Orleans now has an extensive hurricane evacuation
plan. We recommend all Greater New Orleans residents
acquaint themselves with the specifics of this plan,
particularly information that is pertinent to the safety
of their pets. To review information on evacuation,
go to http://new.nola.gov/ready/hurricane-season/
Ideally, you should take your pets with you to a prearranged
location out of the danger zone, such as a pet friendly
hotel or the home of a family member. If that is not
possible, or if you do not have transportation, you
can still evacuate, even if you have pets! During a
mandatory evacuation, city buses will pick up of citizens
in need of assistance from 17 pick up points. They will
be brought to the Union Pacific Terminal and driven
to locations outside the danger zone. Those with medical
issues will be assessed by the Dept of Health to ensure
that medically appropriate transportation is provided.
A map of the City Assisted Evacuation points is available
IF YOU REQUIRE ASSISTANCE EVACUATING OR GETTING TO
THE EVACUATION POINTS BECAUSE YOU HAVE PETS OR MOBILITY
ISSUES OR FOR OTHER REASONS, PLEASE FILL IN THIS ASSISTANCE
REQUEST IN ADVANCE, although it is not a guarantee of
help. You must update and flll in this form every year.
If you require city assisted evacuation, your pet will
receive the same ID as you do. If you have a small pet
under 15lbs, the pet can ride with you by bus from any
of the 17 evacuation points to the Union Pacific Terminal.
Once at the terminal, all pets will board separate air-conditioned
buses and will be taken to a separate pet shelter near
your human shelter. You can visit your pet every day
while at the shelter.
Please review all these plans in advance and help elders
and those with multiple pets make evacuation plans.
If you have difficulty making an evacuation plan because
of multiple pets, please contact us NOW before a storm
threatens, and we will do our best to assist you.
Please visit these websites to find accommodations
for your pets:
For a comprehensive guide to animal evacuation which
includes horses, livestock, birds, amphibians, reptiles,
and other small mammals, please visit the American Veterinary
Association (AVMA) at www.avma.org.
Other sites to visit for animal evacuation information:
(The Louisiana SPCA)
(The Humane Society of the United States)
(The American Society for the Prevention of Animal Cruelty)
(The Louisiana Office of Emergency Preparedness)