Do you care for multiple animals?

If you care for multiple animals, you need to have plans in place for emergencies like a full evacuation, power outage, water contamination and home/facility damage. Use the check list below to help you prepare the plans and collect the supplies you will need to help the animals in your care.


If you know you will need help during an evacuation, let us know!

A disaster plan for multiple animal facilities and homes should include the following:

_____ Full plan in writing kept easily accessible on-site. Have a back-up
copy kept off site as well as saved by someone in another state and
available by email. This plan should spell out when and how the
emergency plan would be activated.

_____ Training that is provided for staff and volunteers in emergency
response. Everyone should know what needs to be done to evacuate
the facility as quickly, safely and efficiently as possible.

_____ Staff who maintain contact on days off/ vacation in case of disaster

_____ Staff who will automatically report in case of emergency/disaster

_____ Volunteer phone list with each person's area of expertise listed

_____ Back-up plan for when volunteers don't show up (or can't show up
due to restricted access or their own emergency situation)

_____ Step by step evacuation plan in writing including: Where to find
supplies, how to get the animals out safely, transportation options,
last minutes safety checks and directions to places that animals can
be taken in case of evacuation

_____ How animals will be identified if they need to be evacuated quickly

_____ Supplies on hand for Evacuation: Temp ID collars and list that can be
filled in with the animal's info, ID number and location it will be
moving to; Crates, cages or carriers that are accessible within
minutes for every animal; check list for things to do before final
evacuation (check gas tank and shut off gas/power/water main,
close/lock windows/doors, final walk through to be sure all animals
and people are out, etc.)

_____ Transportation plans and alternate plans for evacuation of animals

_____ List of phone numbers including: Police/Sheriff, Fire Department
(including non-emergency number), County or city Emergency Management
Agency, wildlife rehabilitator, Department of Natural Resources, Animal Control,
Shelters that can help, Near-by veterinarians, all possible volunteers and what
transportation options they can provide.

_____ Plans for the major disasters: Tornado, Flood, Winter storm, Drought, Structure
fire, Wild Fire, Hazardous Materials incident/explosion, Power outage, near-by
airplane crash, Train derailment, Nuclear/radiological incident, Water supply
contamination, Chemical/Biological Terrorism, Reservoir/Dam failure, Civil
disturbances, Outbreak of disease (human or animal), entire destruction of facility

_____ Do your employees and volunteers have personal plans in place?

_____ Plan for dead animals and facility waste if garbage pick-up is not available

_____ Food/feed delivery to the facility when access may be restricted

_____ Full first aid kit in case of injuries when emergency services are not
available or are overloaded.




Tri-State CART members will be happy to work with you in-person and do a walk-though to be sure your facility is ready for an emergency if you are within our response area. If you are not within our response area, we can help by email or phone or direct you to your nearest CART type team.

 Notify us if you know you will need help


If you have multiple animals in your care, please let the Team Captain in your area know your name, address, how many animals and what type of animals you have. If you choose, you may also provide contact information such as a phone number. If the phone lines are still operational, we may be able to use this to check on you and verify if you need any help.

This information will allow us to expedite volunteers to your location if you need help in the case of an evacuation. This is the ONLY thing this information will be used for!


This can include individuals that have multiple animals/pets and that cannot transport them by themselves, shelters, animal rescues, farms, research facilities, sanctuaries, etc.


Help us, help you! Don't assume that we know where you are or that you might need help. The phone lines may not be operational for you to reach us once the disaster strikes.

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