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Prepare your pets for emergencies.

Pets are important members of our families and need to be considered when a family responds to emergencies. Emergencies and crisis situations are very stressful but can be greatly simplified with prior planning. Whether it is a fire, flood, hurricane or an unexpected hospitalization, having an emergency plan in place is the key to success and safety.

See Etta Lopresti's locally televised interview with HSVB&IRC's Director of Protective Services Ilka Daniel about the options available to area residents and their pets in the event of a hurricane.

To download the Humane Society's Disaster Planning Brochure, click here.

View slides from our educational presentation by
clicking here.


Also, visit the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security emergency preparedness web site:

Some of the steps you may need to take when preparing for the unexpected (such as assembling a Pet Emergency Supply Kit and developing a Disaster Emergency Plan) will vary depending on the nature of the emergency. With some prior thought, you can easily modify your process for the disaster at hand.

Liberty Magnet School has been designated as our county's first pet-friendly evacuation shelter. Click here to learn more about this option.

Liberty Magnet School hosts pet-friendly evacuation shelter.

Whatever plans you make, it is critical that your pets are considered in your plan. Keep in mind that what's best for you is typically what's best for your animals. No animal should be left behind in the event you have been given the order to evacuate.

If you must evacuate, take your pets with you! Keep in mind that public emergency shelters may not allow your pets. Most shelters in Indian River County are not "pet-friendly." So, start now to look for sheltering alternatives that will work for both you and your pets. Please remember: It is possible to evacuate with your pets, even if the pets may not be welcome at your final destination. Prior planning and preparation will ensure safety for both you and your pets.

As a last resort, Indian River County now has its first "pet-friendly" animal shelter. Admission to this shelter will require some preparation on your part. Act now by downloading an Annual Pet-Friendly Shelter Registration Form. This PDF form can be completed and submitted electronically, or you can download and print the form so it can be completed manually. Remember: space will be limited so, if you expect to need this facility, apply now!

The emergency situation in our area is constantly changing. For more information, we encourage you to stay in touch with the IRC Emergency Operations Center and visit the local Red Cross' hurricane preparedness web site.

It is important to make an emergency plan. You can rely on our informative brochure If You Go, They Go. Preparing for the unexpected makes sense. Get ready now!

Prepare - Get a Pet Emergency Supply Kit.
Plan - What You Will Do in an Emergency.
Stay Informed - Know About Types of Emergencies
Local Emergency Response Agencies


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