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MUST READ IF YOU HAVE PETS IN A WILDFIRE AREA – Planning an Emergency Evacuation WITH Your Animals

While many of us have had the disaster planning talk with our loved ones and families, we often forget about the pets, especially the ones that are held in farms, stables, and shelters.

Having a disaster plan and including your animal companions in them will be critical in the evacuation process, especially with horses, cows, pigs, and other larger animals we may keep as pets. Keep in mind that these larger pets may require specific transportation needs due to their size.

In an emergency, you may not have much time to safely evacuate your animals, so preparing in advance is essential.

Here are some best practices to keep in mind when evacuating with pets and animals:

  1. Familiarize what types of disasters may occur in your local area. Roleplay in your mind whether it is a flood, wildfire, earthquake or hurricane and confirm any exit routes in each scenario with the appropriate mode of transportation.

  2. Develop the evacuation plan and include your family, pets, animals and even neighbors as you may run into situations where everyone can benefit with trailer space, supplies and transportation.

  3. Planning early for any arrangements you may have to make with third party transportation companies for larger animals like cows, horses and pigs.

  4. Plan on where to shelter the animals in cases of emergency. Check with your local fairgrounds, animal shelters, and other resources.

  5. Prepare any paperwork/documentation that may be required to store, find and relocate your pets and animals once safe and ready to return.

  6. Have a way to identify each animal through tattoo, microchip, brand or photograph to easily find and retrieve your animals.

  7. Practice the evacuation process with your animals like loading them onto the trailer or mode of transportation.

  8. Stockpile any supply of feed, hay, rope, halter, and medicine the animals may need in cases of longer evacuation periods.

  9. Create a checklist of items so you can quickly identify and retrieve the items in times of evacuation or natural disasters.

  10. Practice the emergency evacuation plan and reach out to local authorities that may be able to help in situations of natural disasters.


Many animals and pets are like family to us. The last thing we want is for our lovely animals to get lost or left behind in an emergency situation.

If you are evacuated and do not know if you will be coming back to a home, you can give Allied Restoration a call for some prior consultations and home defense planning.

Allied Restoration is a NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) Member and can conduct a 14-point home defense inspection. Homeowners around the wildfire areas also sign up for the Private Client Home Defense plan where they can get access to our emergency services 24/7/365!

If you are interested in our 14-point inspection and Private Client Home Defense plan, give us a call at 888-860-1003 to schedule a free consultation.