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  Brian Robison, Director
  Jessica Verfuss, Deputy Director
  92 Brown Road
  Ithaca, New York  14850
  (607) 257-3888

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One of the “lessons learned” from Hurricane Katrina is that people will not leave their home without their pets.  As a pet owner, you have the responsibility to do emergency planning and preparedness for your pets as well as for yourself and your family.
  • Microchip your pet
  • Keep a collar and a tag with your telephone number on all cats and dogs
  • Plan a Pet-friendly Place to Stay In Tompkins County
  • Use a buddy system … identify a friend or neighbor who knows your pet and could help if you are not home
  • Identify emergency veterinary services outside your area
  • Plan for temporary confinement
  • Prepare an emergency kit for each animal … include a picture of you with your pet for identification purposes or for posting missing posters
 5 Animal Disaster Preparedness Essentials

 Pet and Animal Emergency Planning

cows relaxed on pasture stock photo


Large animals and livestock need extra planning in disasters because of their shelter and transportation needs.
  • Decisions about evacuation or “sheltering in place”
  • Barn fires are the most common emergencies … prevention is key
  • Farm disaster kit … what supplies do you need to have on hand
  • Identify emergency power and water sources
 Disaster Preparedness for Farm Animals 
 How to Develop a Disaster Management Plan for Livestock 
Take a FEMA online course  Livestock in Disaster