Fires can occur anytime, anywhere. Many times we are prepared and ready with a plan for ourselves, but what about our pets? There are a few ways you can prepare your pets for a fire. First and foremost, making sure your pet is microchipped and has up to date contact info on their ID Tag/Collar. This can help your pet be returned to you if they get lost or separated from you. In case of evacuation make sure you bring your pet with you. A good rule of thumb is if it is unsafe for you, it is unsafe for your pets. If possible, you should evacuate early, rather than waiting for mandatory evacuations. Most evacuation shelters do not allow any pets outside of service pets, so if an evacuation is necessary make sure you have a safe place for your pets to go to; like a trusted friend or family member outside of your immediate area. If you're unable to find someone to house your pets during an evacuation here are a few sites to help find pet friendly lodging
It is also important to plan in case you're not home for an evacuation. If this is the case, make sure you have a trusted friend or family member who can retreive your pets and meet you in a secure location. After everything has settled down its important to keep your pet on a leash when they are not confined. Sometimes after fires familiar settings and smells may have changed and can confuse your pet. Most importantly, remain calm, things do not always go according to plan during emergencies, they can be very unpredictable.