A 2015 survey conducted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency found that many Americans are not ready for a disaster. Only 39% of those surveyed have made an emergency plan. It is likely that fewer still included companion animals in their plans.
APNM strongly encourages families and community leaders all across the state to include companion animals in planning and preparing for disasters. Although APNM is not a direct resource for disaster planning at this time, this page contains a number of valuable resources and links that people can use to develop their own emergency evacuation plans. If you live in a drought-stricken region of the country like New Mexico, the time to start making your emergency evacuation plans for you and your companion animals is today.
“I was that person who said to himself and others, ‘Yeah, I should really make a fire plan.’ I am now that person telling others to do it. Do it today. I am not kidding. When it is upon you, it is terrifying.”
–Daniel Abram, Deputy Director of APNM