Have an alternative-shelter plan for your pets.
If you must evacuate your home, do not leave your pets behind. If it is unsafe for you to remain, then it is unsafe for your pets as well. In a widespread emergency, the Red Cross sets up shelters to deal with human needs, but only special service dogs are permitted inside. Therefore, you will need to have a separate shelter plan for your pets. Friends and family residing outside your immediate area are a possibility, as are boarding facilities. Another option is to evacuate the family and pets to a pet friendly motel - create a list with options for up to a 100 mile radius.
Be a good Samaritan.
Giving temporary shelter to misplaced pets during a disaster saves lives. If you do take in a lost dog or cat, make sure to let rescue organizations know so that the animal can be reunited with its family.
In the occurrence of ashfall
- Keep pets indoors. Ash is abrasive and can do permanent damage to your pet's eyes. Also ash can cause respiratory problems for pets and prolong exposure can be fatal for animals.
- Store extra food and drinking water
- Keep extra medicine on hand
- If pets go outside, brush or vacuum them before letting them indoors
- Make sure livestock have clean food and water
Other online resources: No Pets Left Behind