Disaster Preparedness

Prepare! A Resource Guide
Developed by the Oregon Trail chapter of the American Red Cross in collaboration with regional Emergency Management professionals; a 20-page booklet about ALL aspects of preparedness including sections for specific disasters.

Are you Ready? A Guide to Citizen Preparedness
FEMA's comprehensive source on individual, family, and community preparedness. The guide provides the most current and up-to-date disaster preparedness information available.

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Family Plan

*Information from Family Disaster Plan developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the American Red Cross was used in preparing this checklist.

Animal preparedness

Service animals are especially important for many people with disabilities and the services they provide will be even more critical in emergency situations.

It is particularly important to include pet needs in evacuation planning, as many shelters will not be able to accommodate animals other than those assisting people with disabilities.


  • Make sure your pets all have licenses and ID tags
  • Ask local animal shelters/clinics if they provide emergency foster care
  • Arrange with neighbors to care for you pets if you are away from home
  • Know your pets' hiding places so you can find them quickly for evacuation


  • When disaster strikes, bring your pets inside immediately. Animals have instincts about severe weather changes and will often hide if they are afraid
  • Never leave a pet outside or tied up during a storm.
  • Transport pets in carriers or on leashes; they will feel more secure
  • Keep a recent photo of your pets in case they get lost

Pet Disaster Supplies Kit

Whether you are away from home for a day or a week, your pet will need essential supplies. Keep items in an accessible place and store them in sturdy, waterproof containers that can be carried easily. The American Red Cross recommends that your pet disaster supplies kit includes:

  • Medications and medical records and a first aid kit.
  • Sturdy leashes, harnesses, and/or carriers to transport pets safely.
  • Current photos of your pets in case they get lost.
  • Food, potable water, bowls, cat litter/pan, and can opener.
  • Pet beds and toys, if easily transportable.
  • Information on feeding schedules, medical conditions, behavior problems, and the name and number of your veterinarian

Additional information is available at the following web sites:

Business Preparedness

Faith Community Preparedness

School Preparedness


Neighborhoods that are prepared for emergencies and disaster situations save lives, reduce the severity of injuries and trauma, and reduce property damage.  In addition, working together as a team and contributing as an individual develops stronger communities and improves the quality of life in the community.