Emergency Plans

Emergencies and Disaster Game Plan

Below is our emergency information plan for your animals–

What to do in the case of fire, flood or earthquake.

Pet Evacuation

Pets are family. Do not leave your pets behind in a disaster.

You may not be able to get back to your home for several

days or even weeks.   Prepare in advance.

Make sure your pet’s ID tag is up to date with accurate

information including a list of veterinarians and medications if  required.

Pet Emergency Supplies may include the following:

• sturdy pet carrier

• leash

• food and water for at least three days

• non-spill bowl

• recent photo of you with your pet

• blankets

• paper towels

• leash

• portable litter box and litter. Also clean up bags.

• A first aid kit with basic supplies such as hydrogen peroxide,

Q-tips, tweezers, scissors eye wash (saline) large and small bandages

Remember—be patient with your pets in a disaster. Pets get stressed

just as people do and they need time to readjust.

Pets are often not allowed in shelters so make arrangements now with friends

And relatives outside the canyon who will take your pets in the event of a disaster.

Locally, in Topanga, during a disaster stray animals will be handled and received by the TCEP pet disaster team in conjunction with animal control.

All stray pets will be vaccinated at the owners expense unless proof of vaccination is  provided.

So again prepare in advance, secure copies of your pets vaccinations and

make sure they are up to date.

Pet evacuation information

In the event of a disaster, if you must evacuate, do not leave your animals

behind. Evacuate them to a prearranged safe location if they cannot stay

with you during the evacuation period. (Remember, pets are not allowed

in Red Cross shelters.)

Have a Safe Place To Take Your Pets Contact hotels and motels outside

your immediate area to check policies on accepting pets and restrictions

on number, size, and species. For a local hotel list, click here.

• Ask friends, relatives, or others outside the affected area whether they

could shelter your animals. If you have more than one pet, they may be

more comfortable if kept together, but be prepared to house them separately.

Prepare a list of boarding facilities and veterinarians who could shelter

animals in an emergency; include 24-hour phone numbers.

Make sure all dogs and cats are wearing collars and securely

fastened, up-to-date identification. Attach the phone number and

address of your temporary shelter, if you know it, or of a friend

or relative outside the disaster area. You can buy temporary tags

or put adhesive tape on the back of your pet’s ID tag, adding

information with an indelible pen.

WHAT IF YOU ARE NOT HOME?  Find out if a trusted neighbor

would be willing to take your pets and meet you at a prearranged

location. This person should be comfortable with your pets, know

where your animals are likely to be, know where your pet disaster

supplies kit is kept, and have a key to your home.

 Assemble a Portable Pet Disaster Supplies Kit.  Whether you are

away from home for a day or a week, you’ll need essential supplies.

Keep items in an accessible place and store them in sturdy containers

that can be carried easily (duffle bags, covered trash containers, etc.).

Your pet disaster supplies kit should include:

Medications and medical records (stored in a waterproof container)

and a first aid kit.

• Sturdy leashes, harnesses, and/or carriers to transport pets safely

and ensure that your animals can’t escape.

• Current photos of your pets in case they get lost.

• Food, potable water, bowls, cat litter/pan, and can opener.

• Information on feeding schedules, medical conditions, behavior

problems, and the name and number of your veterinarian in case

have to foster or board your pets.

• Pet beds and toys, if easily transportable

REMEMBER! Animals react differently under stress. Outside your

home and in the car, keep dogs securely leashed. Transport cats in

carriers. Don’t leave animals unattended anywhere they can run off.

The most trustworthy pets may panic, hide, try to escape, or even

bite or scratch. And, when you return home, give your pets time to

settle back into their routines.

 For more information on pets and disaster,

first aid and farm animal preparedeness contact:

 Topanga Coalition for Emergency Preparedness


Humane Society of the United States


American Veterinary Medical Association


Pet-friendly hotels

(as of 09/30/11)

Country Inn @ Calabasas: Dogs only. Must get room on freeway side of inn. $35 first night, $15 thereafter.
Marriott Agoura: $75 fee per stay. 2 pet limit.
Summerfield Suites: $75 if staying 6 nights or less, $150 if staying more than 6 nights. 2 pet limit,
           weighing up to 50lbs total.
WH Motor Lodge: Not the right phone number, and the other listed sends you to Best Western — Defunct?
Burbank Airport Marriott: $75 fee per stay for pets under 25lbs.
Burbank Holiday Inn: $50 fee per stay, per pet. Not allowed in suites.
Lowes Santa Monica: Their specials change every six months. $25 per pet, per visit
          (as long as they’re not aggressive). 2 pet limit.
Hotel Bel-Air: $200 cleaning fee. Only dogs under 35lbs.
Beverly Hilton: $25 per day, per pet (if you stay past 4 days, it’s only $100). 25lbs and under.
Century Plaza: $30 per day, per pet. A 6th floor room. 50lbs and under. 2 pet limit.
Lowell Hotel: $35 per day, per pet. 2 pet limit. 40lbs and under.
Hollywood Best Western: $75 per day, per pet. 80lbs and under. 2 pet limit.
Hollywood Celebrity Hotel: No pets.


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