Pet Safety

Planning for disaster preparedness includes having a plan in place for your pet or service animal. Many of the same steps we take to prepare ourselves can be used to help prepare our furry family members and having those plans in place ahead of time can help reduce stress during an actual emergency.  

Remember, during any emergency, keeps pets leashed or secured in a carrier. High stress events can cause pets to panic and try to hide, escape or even bite or scratch in fear. 

Also remember that in Onslow County the only pet friendly shelter is at the Jacksonville Commons Middle School. 
Pet Prepare
  1. Emergency Plan
  2. Safety
  3. After a Disaster

​Be Prepared for the Worst:

  • Make sure your pet has either an updated color with your contact information or has been micro-chipped. Talk to your local veterinarian clinic or Onslow County Animal Services to find out more about micro-chipping. 
  • Have a current photo available should you pet become lost or separated. 
  • Make a supply kit for your pets as well:
    • Pet Food (3-7 days)
    • Water (3-7 days)
    • Medications
    • Veterinary Records
    • Cat Litter / Pan
    • Manual Can Opener
    • Food Dishes
    • Toys, beds, and blankets. (anything that smells like home helps reduce an animals stress) 
    • First Aid Supplies
    • Extra leashes, collars and harnesses, and muzzle


  • Find out if you have emergency shelters that will take pets. In Onslow County it is Jacksonville Commons Middle School. 
  • Identify pet friendly hotels ahead of time in an area that you may chose to evacuate to. Document the address, phone number and any special rules for pets they may have. Click HERE to search for pet friendly hotels in North Carolina.  
  • Identify pet boarding business that may be able to to help out during times of emergencies. Look outside the area that may be affected in a large scale emergency. 

Prepare Your Pets For Emergencies

Source: FEMA