Don't forget about your pets. In an emergency situation, you have to be able to have your pets taken care of. Don't leave them in your home when you have to evacuate, this is when they need you the most.
Not all Red Cross shelters will allow pets in their shelters unless they are service animals (for the blind or otherwise). This is for health reasons. Make arrangements with friends or family outside the affected area for them to take care of your pets. Sometimes animal shelters will take them also. Make arrangements with your neighbors, that if something happens while you are away from home, plan a meeting place to pick up your pets to take them to safety.
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