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Disaster Preparedness

Hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30. Whatever plans you make for yourself, remember to include your pets. If you're riding out the storm in the home of a family member, friend or neighbor, take your pets with you.

If you stay at home, remember to stay together. Keep your pet in a crate or carrier and find a safe area you will all be together. Keep their collar and tag on in case you were to get separated. It is always best to microchip your pets since they can tend to lose their collars.

We encourage pet owners residing in qualified evacuation zones, unsafe structures or trailers to come to one of the Pet-Friendly Evacuation Centers (PEC).

Disaster Preparedness Animal Supplies Checklist

Before disaster strikes pet owners are encouraged to review the Disaster Preparedness Animal Supplies Checklist to learn how to prepare pets before, during and after a disaster.

  • Pet-Friendly Evacuation Centers

    We encourage pet owners residing in qualified evacuation zones, unsafe structures or trailers to come to one of the Pet-Friendly Evacuation Centers (PEC). 

    Pet-friendly evacuation centers accept more than just cats and dogs. They also accept birds, ferrets, gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, rats and rabbits (small-sized, under 10 pounds, such as California or Dutch breeds).

    Evacuation centers will be announced as needed.

  • What you must bring with you

    • Provide proof of residency within an evacuation zone.
    • Present medical and current vaccination records for each pet. Annual rabies vaccinations and a visible Miami-Dade County dog license are required by Miami-Dade County Code. Strict enforcement concerning these violations is essential to ensure a rabies-free community. Cats are also required to have annual rabies vaccinations.
    • Pet owners must bring supplies for themselves and their pet.
    • Limit four pets per household.
    • Family member must remain in the PEC with the pet.
    • Visit the Department of Emergency Management for more information.

    The Pet Adoption and Protection Center will be crowded due to displaced animals immediately after a storm, and it is not possible to kennel owned animals prior to an emergency event. We do not board animals during emergencies. 

  • Communicating with family and friends after a disaster

    The Red Cross provides valuable tips on how to let your family and friends know that you are safe after a disaster.

    The following services are designed to help make that communication easier.

    • Register yourself safe online or search for loved ones. 
    • See a list of free Red Cross Mobile Apps:
      • Tornado App
      • Hurricane App
      • Shelter Finder App
      • First Aid App
      • Earthquake App
      • Wildfire App