Local animal advocates suggest that you have a plan in place for your pets before an emergency strikes. In Oregon, the most likely emergency threats are wildfires, winter ice/snow storms, flooding, earthquakes or even volcanic eruptions. There are a number of online resources with excellent detailed instructions for pet-related emergency preparedness. Below is a brief outline of tips with links to additional information.
Prepare a 72-hour shelter-in-place pet emergency supply kit.
If you and your family and pets must wait out a storm or other disaster at home, be prepared with adequate supplies (i.e. food, litter, water, medication).
If you must evacuate, take your pets with you. Occasionally, what is expected to be a brief evacuation can turn into days or weeks.
Plan ahead for a safe place to take your pets.
Many evacuation shelters do not allow pets. Have a list of pet-friendly hotels outside your immediate area. You can find pet-friendly lodging by visiting petswelcome.com. It's also a good idea to keep a list of boarding kennels and vets that can shelter your animals and speak with local friends and relatives about the possibility of sheltering you and/or your pets in the event of an emergency.
Prepare an emergency evacuation kit.
The Oregon Veterinary Medical Association has an excellent web page outlining what you'll need in your kit, as well as other pet-related emergency preparedness information.
Make sure all dogs and cats are wearing up-to-date ID tags, license tags, and microchips. Have photos on hand of all pets.
In case you are not home:
An evacuation order may strike when you are not at home. Make arrangements in advance with a trusted neighbor and/or friend to take your pets and meet you at a predetermined location.
Some additional resources for pet emergency preparedness: