According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, there were 52 natural disasters in 2006, which does not include non-natural disasters, such as fires in the home. Disasters can happen anywhere at any time.
Because disasters are unplanned, you won’t have time to get organized when one occurs. According to Tiffany Mahaffey, disaster preparedness manager for the ASPCA, the most common mistakes people make during a disaster are not planning ahead for pet evacuation and “[not evacuating] when the order first comes out.”
Here are 10 steps to help you plan ahead for the safety of your pets, so you can leave quickly and early in the event of a disaster: