Disaster Preparedness

The Animal Services Division (ASD) is dedicated to educating the citizens of Newport News on how to protect their pets in the event of a disaster. Information and educational brochures are distributed during regular contacts with pet owners in the field, during special events, and through public services announcements. The ASD staff frequently meets with emergency planners, animal control agencies, animal shelters, and national organizations to develop emergency plans.

Planning for Disasters
To protect your family and pets from the effects of a disaster, you must have a plan. The best way to protect your pets is to evacuate them too. Leaving pets behind, even if you try to create a safe place for them, may result in them being injured, lost, or worse.

Plan Ahead to Take your Pets
Make arrangements with family or friends outside your immediate area to take in your pets. Have a list of pet-friendly hotels and boarding facilities along your evacuation route. A list of pet-friendly hotels can be found at the Pets Welcome website.

Plan Ahead to Bring What You Need
Bring a leash or carrier, food and water for three days, and any necessary medications. Also bring your pet's photo and rabies vaccination certificate.

Have a Backup Plan
Develop a buddy system with neighbors or relatives to make sure that someone is available to care for or evacuate your pets if you are unable to do so.

Identify Your Pets
Make sure your pets are wearing up-to-date licenses and identification whether hurricane season or not. It's a good idea to include the phone number of a friend or relative outside your immediate area. Microchipping is also recommended.