Representatives from DHSES and the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society provide pet preparedness tips
June 26, 2023

New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Reminds New Yorkers to Develop Plans for Pets Ahead of Disasters

New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Reminds New Yorkers to Develop Plans for Pets Ahead of Disasters
Division’s Office of Emergency Management Partnering with Mohawk Hudson Humane Society to Educate New Yorkers on Best Practices for Pet Preparedness
Experts Recommend Having a Plan for All Family Members – Including Pets – Before an Emergency Happens
June Marks National Pet Preparedness Month

New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Jackie Bray today, during Pet Preparedness Month, recommended all New Yorkers take into account the needs of their pets when planning for disasters. In an emergency, it can be stressful thinking about the needs of family members and what you need to do to stay safe, which is why it is important to have a plan for all family members – including pets – before an emergency strikes.

“For many New Yorkers, pets are part of the family, and including their specific needs when planning for a potential emergency ensures your entire household stays safe,” said Commissioner Bray. “All pet and animal owners should develop a plan of action for ahead of an emergency, including knowing how to evacuate and keep your pet comfortable, maintaining a ‘go-kit’ for your pet to last several days, and what to consider when planning for animals with special needs and service animals.”

Mohawk Hudson Humane Society CEO Ashley Jeffery Bouck said, “Our beloved animal companions rely entirely on us for their care and safety. By taking the time to put emergency plans into place, we have the ability to keep them safe, ease their stress, and possibly save their lives when a crisis strikes.”

The Division and the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society (MHHS) outlined the following steps that New Yorkers can take to keep their pets safe in an emergency:

  • Make sure your pet has a collar with an ID tag with name, address and phone number.
  • Have a sturdy carrier or leash to transport your pet in case of evacuation. Make sure the carrier is large enough for your pet to stand up, turn around, and lie down.
  • Build an emergency go-kit for your pet that includes food, water, bowls, toys, treats, medications, first aid supplies, and other items your pet may need. Keep one go-kit for each type of pet and place it where it can be easily located. Make sure the kit(s) are labeled, easy to carry, and water-resistant.
  • Keep a list of places where you can take your pet in case you have to leave your home, including hotels, shelters, boarding facilities, or friends and relatives who can host you and your pet. Contact them in advance to ensure they can accommodate your pet's needs. You can also contact your local emergency management office.
  • Consider any special needs your pet may have such as dietary, medical, or behavioral issues. If your pet is a service animal or has a disability, be sure to have the necessary equipment and documentation on-hand to support them throughout the emergency.
  • If you own other types of pets such as birds, fish, lizards, hamsters, or other animals, make sure they are prepared as well and can be evacuated safely. Consult your veterinarian for advice, if necessary.

For more information on Pet Preparedness Month and other emergency preparedness resources, visit

About the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society

Founded in 1887, the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society (MHHS) is the oldest and largest animal protection organization in New York's Capital Region, serving Albany, Rensselaer and surrounding counties. In addition to providing shelter and care for stray, abused and unwanted animals, MHHS provides an ever-increasing array of services for animals and those who care for them.

About the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services

The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services provides leadership, coordination, and support to prevent, protect against, prepare for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate disasters and other emergencies. For more information, find DHSES on Facebookon Twitter or visit