City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 060221
Prepare Your Pet for Emergencies
Pet adoptions will receive preparedness kits during June, which is Pet Preparedness Month
Reginald Harrison
Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications

Long Beach, CA - June is Pet Preparedness Month, and the Department of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications is encouraging pet owners to include their four-legged friends in emergency planning through a variety of preparedness tips, community outreach and educational activities. Additionally, in collaboration with the City’s Animal Care Services, pet adoptions that occur during the month of June will receive free pet emergency preparedness kits.

“Preparing for emergency situations is an essential action we should take to ensure the safety of our families, including our pets,” said Mayor Robert Garcia.

Pets are important members of the household and Pet Preparedness Month gives residents an opportunity to review emergency plans for their homes and incorporate the needs of their pets. 

How to prepare your pets for an emergency:

  • Keep veterinarian information and vaccination records in a safe place.
  • Make sure all pets wear collars and tags with up-to-date identification information. Pet ID tags should contain name, telephone number and any urgent medical needs.
  • Microchip pets as a more permanent form of identification. A microchip is implanted under the skin in the animal’s shoulder area, and can be read by a scanner at most animal shelters.
  • Bring pets indoors at the first sign or warning of a storm or disaster. Pets can become disoriented and wander away from home in a crisis.

What to include in your pets’ emergency kit:

  • At least seven days of food and water.
  • Medicines and medical records.
  • A photo of you with your pet that can help reunify you or prove ownership in the event you become separated from your pet.
  • Any paperwork with registration information or ID numbers.
    • Replace old food and medication and update photos and emergency contact information annually.
  • Sanitation materials such as litter/litter box, paper towels, plastic trash bags and a small hand shovel.
  • Pet toys, treats or bedding to help reduce stress.
  • A collar with an ID tag.
  • A crate or pet carrier.
  • Store the emergency kit and leashes as close to an exit as possible. Make sure that everyone in the household knows where it is.

Throughout June, Disaster Preparedness will provide information on social media and distribute brochures to local pet-centric businesses to help further prepare community members and their pets for an emergency.

For more information about pet preparedness, please visit: and follow the Disaster Preparedness Department on Facebook and Instagram.

About Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications
The mission of the Department of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications is to protect the lives and property of the community and first responders through comprehensive planning, training and communication to ensure that daily requests for emergency services, as well as response, recovery, and mitigation for major emergencies and disasters is completed in an effective and efficient manner.