Disaster Preparedness

"Being ready can save their lives." - Download a .pdf version of our Disaster Preparedness brochure.

Pets and Disaster: Be Prepared
The best way to protect your family from the effects of a disaster is to have a disaster plan. If you are a pet parent, that plan includes your pets.

  • Determine the safest place in your home, away from windows and breakables.
  • Make prior arrangements with someone who may live in a safer area.
  • Make sure you have a pet carrier for each pet. The carrier should be large enough for your pet to stand up and turn around. You pet should be familiar with the carrier ahead of time.
  • Take current photos of your pet to have as identification, should you and your pet become separated.
  • Keep your pet's vaccinations up to date and keep the records handy.

Pet Evacuation and First Aid Kits
Prepare evacuation kits and first aid kits for your pets in easy-to-carry, waterproof containers ahead of time so you can grab them and go if necessary. 

Your evacuation kit should include:

  • 1 carrier per pet
  • 2 week supply of food (dry and canned)
  • 2 week supply of water in plastic jugs
  • Food and water bowls
  • Can opener and spoon
  • Flashlight, radio and batteries
  • Leash, collar, harness, muzzle
  • Stakes and tie-outs
  • Litter, litter pan and scoop
  • Puddle pads, newspaper, paper towels, plastic bags, cleanser for pet waste.
  • Towels
  • Toys, blanket and treats to make your pet comfortable.
  • Instructions on diet for each animal, including any restricted items in case of allergies.

Your Pet First Aid Kit should include:

  • Activated charcoal (liquid)
  • Anti-diarrhea liquid or tablets
  • Antibiotic ointment for wounds
  • Antibiotic eye ointment and sterile eye rinse
  • Bandage materials (gauze pads and rolls, tape, scissors, etc.)
  • Cleansing materials (hydrogen peroxide, alcohol prep pads, liquid dish detergent.
  • Flea and tick prevention and treatment
  • Medications and preventatives such as heartworm prevention (include clear and specific instructions)
  • Cotton swabs
  • Tweezers
  • Styptic powder (clotting agent)
  • Syringe or eye-dropper
  • Towel and washcloth
  • Latex or non-allergenic gloves

Evacuation Care for Birds

  • Transport in a secure cage/ carrier. Do not let out.
  • Carry a mister to mist their feathers and a towel to cover bag/carrier.
  • Do not put water in cage for transport. Instead provide slices of fruit or veggies with high water content (e.g. - watermelon).
  • Bring favorite treats and toys to keep them busy and comfortable.

Evacuation Care for Critters

  • Using a secure, covered cage or carrier to transport small mammals will make them feel safe and reduce stress.
  • In addition to the items listed for a Pet Evacuation Kit, include the following items to ensure your critters are comfortable during evacuation:
    • Dietary supplements
    • Extra bedding materials
    • Appropriate exercise equipment

Evacuation Care for Livestock

  • Locate and pre-arrange an evacuation site for equine/livestock to be moved to. Possible sites include:
    • Show grounds
    • Race tracks
    • Stables
    • Fair grounds
    • Veterinarian
    • Stockyards or auction facilities
  • Make sure animals are familiar with being loaded into a trailer.
  • If you do not have enough trailers to transport all of your animals, contact neighbors, local haulers, farmers or other transportation to establish available resources.
  • Ensure animals have ID. Brands, microchips, tattoos, halter tags or livestock markings on animal's side can help reunite you with your livestock if you become separated.

As Disaster Approaches…

At the first warning or sign of a disaster, act to protect you and your pet.

  • Call to confirm emergency shelter arrangements for you and your pet.
  • Make sure your pet's disaster kit is ready.
  • Bring pets into the house so you won't have to search for them if you have to evacuate in a hurry.
  • Make sure all cats and dogs are wearing collars with ID tags securely fastened.

In case evacuation occurs when you are not at home…

  • Find a trusted neighbor who can bring your pets and meet at a pre-arranged location.
  • Make sure this person is familiar with your pets, and knows where supplies and a house key are located.
  • The best way to protect your family from the effects of a disaster is to have a disaster plan. If you are a pet parent, that plan includes your pets.

Evacuation Locations

In case of a disaster, pet-friendly hurricane and tsunami disaster shelters will be announced on radio and local television stations. For a current list of hurricane shelters in your area, please visit

After A Disaster
Be cautious when letting your pet loose outdoors after a disaster. Familiar scents and landmarks may have been altered causing your pet to be confused or even lost. If your pet becomes lost, immediately call and visit the Maui Humane Society!

If you would like to volunteer or help with a pet-friendly shelter in your area please contact the MHS Volunteer Coordinator at (808) 877-3680 ext. 224.

Additional Resources for Disaster Preparedness

Pet Preparedness Information

Emergency Preparedness Information

Weather Information
National Weather Service

NOAA Weather Broadcast Radio

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NOAA Weather Broadcast - Phone (recording)

  • Maui: (808) 871-6706
  • Lana'i: (808) 565-6033
  • Moloka'i: (808) 552-2477

Tune into local radio for up to date reports from the Emergency Alert System (EAS)

PO Box 1047, Puunene, HI 96784
Operating Hours: 11am to 6pm, 7 Days a Week
(808) 877-3680


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