Millions of pet owners consider their pet as an important member of their household. Make a plan and a kit for your pets as you would any other family member. Keep in mind that what's best for you is typically what's best for your animals.
DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PETS BEHIND!
Plan in advance for shelter alternatives that will work for both you and your pets; consider loved ones or friends outside of your immediate area who would be willing to host you and your pets in an emergency. Not all public shelters are equipped or allow pets. Know before you go.
Make a back-up emergency plan in case you can't care for your animals yourself. Develop a buddy system with neighbors, friends and relatives to make sure that someone is available to care for or evacuate your pets if you are unable to do so.