Running For Cover: Hawaii’s Pet Friendly Emergency Shelters
From June through November it’s hurricane season in Hawaii. What if a hurricane hit Oahu with Iniki-like force? What if you and your pets had to be evacuated? Which shelter would you select? Find the emergency shelter nearest to you.
>> Hurricane Emergency Shelter List 2010-2011
For a listing of statewide shelters and tips for emergency preparedness, visit the Honolulu Department of
website or call 732-8960.
Aloha Animal Hospital Associates recommends that you print this website page and put it on your refrigerator for easy reference.
- Plan - Make sure your pet is micro-chipped and registered with a local and national registry. Ensure your contact information is up to date.
- Pack - Follow the list below. Since there’s no telling how long you’ll be away, a good rule of thumb is to have supplies for up to seven days per pet. Remember, the shelters are not hotels and do not have any supplies. You’ll have to bring everything yourself.
- Prepare - Have a discussion with your family about where you will go.
- You can buy online emergency preparedness kits for yourself and your pets or make your own. Below are some suggested items to have ready inside your emergency pet kit.
“If your home gets destroyed and you can’t get any medications that would be life or death for your pet, you can come to Aloha Animal Hospital to get more – as long as our clinic is still standing too,”
Pet Packing List (Prepare 7 Days per Pet)
- Jernel Miyamoto.
People Packing List (Prepare 7 Days per Person)
- Pet Carrier – your pet will be nervous. Keep your pet inside the carrier for safety. Be sure to clearly identify your pets name and your name on the carrier.
- Cage Liners or Bedding – your pets will be separated from you in cages. You’ll want them to be comfortable.
- Tranquilizers or Motion Sickness Tablets – if your pet has benefitted from these in the past, pack some in your kit along with proper dosage information. You’ll be glad you did.
- Proper Identification – ensure your pet is properly identified with a microchip and a collar.
- Medicine – include your pet’s medical records in a plastic baggy to keep safe and dry.
- Pet First Aid Kit – available online or ask Aloha Animal Hospital what to pack.
- Food Packets – use vacuum sealed for longer shelf life. If you bring canned food, use pop tops.
- Water – include a plastic, collapsible bowl. Pack enough for pets and people. Humans require 1 gallon per person per day.
- Liquid Soap and Paper Towels.
- Thermal Blankets – buy some that are reusable, waterproof and windproof. You can more easily scoop up a fearful pet with a blanket.
- Flashlights & Batteries or Emergency Light sticks with lanyards – buy the kind you can instantly light by snapping in half.
- Collar and Leash – harnesses are recommended for extra safety.
- Plastic Bags and/or disposable litter trays.
- Pet Toys – to help comfort them.
- Rope – it’s recommended to have vinyl cord to create a runner for your dog if need be.
- Pet Photo – in case you get separated from your pet.
- Microchip Registration Number – include the contact numbers for the local and national registries.
We care about the human members of your family as well. Below are some items to include in your family kit. Pack your items inside a lightweight, easily carried backpack – mark it with your family name and address. Waterproof is ideal.
Hawaiian Humane Society’s
- Food and Water – one gallon of water per person per day.
- Water Purification Tablets – if you run out of bottled water.
- Radio – include extra batteries or buy a crank radio.
- Cell Phone with Extra Batteries
- Flashlight with Batteries
- Medication and Medical Insurance Information
- First Aid Kit
- Basic Tools, Duct Tape, Rope, Permanent Marker
- Spray Paint – to note to Civil Defense if your home is evacuated.
- Baby Wipes
- Protective Clothing and Footwear
- Hand Sanitizer
- Extra Cash
- Rescue Whistle
- Important phone numbers
24-hour hotline: 946-2187 ext. 284 – to report your pet is lost.
(1-800-336-2843) – one of the largest national microchip registries.