San Diego Humane Society and SPCA
Tis the Season

Be Prepared in a Natural Disaster / Emergency

Hurricane Ike DogIn case of an emergency (flood, fire or other disaster situation) the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA's Animal Rescue Reserve is trained, equipped and ready to help transport horses, livestock or even household pets to safety.

What to do to prepare for a disaster:

  • Keep at least three day's worth of your pet's food and water in a clean, airtight container.
  • Have a secure, portable carrier for your pet on hand at all times with your contact information listed on it.
  • Store extra amounts of any medication your pet receives in a waterproof container, along with your pet's immunization records.
  • Invest in a pet first aid kit and consider taking our Pet First Aid class.
  • Be sure your pet has been microchipped and the contact information is up to date.
  • Keep a backup leash and collar on hand.
  • For more information about how to prepare, visit or call 1-800-BE-READY.

What to do when disaster is imminent:

  • As the threat of disaster gets closer, keep stall barn doors and gates unlocked, in case animals have to be moved quickly by emergency personnel.
  • Make arrangements, in advance, for a place to safely take your animals in an emergency. If threatened, move your animals to a safe location before it's too late.
  • Have clear photographs of all your animals available, to identify them at a receiving site during an emergency.
  • Hook up any available trailer and face them towards exits so that they can be loaded and the animals evacuated.
  • Have any pertinent information regarding the animal, such as medications needed, etc., on the barn or stall door so rescue crews can see it easily.

Precautions responsible animal owners can take to assist rescue teams:

  • Keep a list of all animals on your property and their locations, to help our teams find and evacuate them quickly.
  • Have carriers for each of your small animals, and halters and lead ropes for larger animals - all with your identification information.
  • Keep halters and lead ropes next to each horse's stall at all times. All of these things will make your animals easily accessible if they need to be moved quickly.
  • Train your horse to wear a halter and load it into a trailer so it can be done quickly.
  • Make sure that at least a few days' supply of food is available, stored off the ground in a clean, dry place.Store at least a few days' supply of safe drinking water in an easily accessible place. During an emergency, clean, fresh water may be difficult to find.
  • Clear dry shrub and debris at least 20 feet from the corrals, barns, or other buildings.


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