Pet owners should have a disaster plan that includes care for their pets.
Public, pet-friendly shelters are a much-needed resource, but should not be your first choice if you have other options. Check with your pet-friendly relatives or friends who live outside the evacuation area. If that is not an option, try to locate pet-friendly lodging a safe distance away. Friends, family and hotels that allow pets are much more comfortable for you and your animals than pet-friendly public shelters.