Caring for Animals

Animals also are affected by disasters.

Use the guidelines below to prepare a plan for caring for pets and large animals:

• Identifying shelter.

• Gathering pet supplies.

• Ensuring your pet has proper ID and up-to-date veterinarian records.

• Providing a pet carrier and leash.

Take the following steps to prepare to shelter your pet:

• Call Grand Forks Emergency Management, Circle of Friends Animal Humane Society or the Animal Control Office at the Grand Forks Police Department for further advice and information.

• Keep veterinary records to prove vaccinations are current.

• Find out which local hotels and motels allow pets and where pet boarding facilities are located. Be sure to research some outside your local area in case local facilities close.

• With the exception of service animals, ALL pets must be kenneled when entering a storm shelter in the city of Grand Forks.

If you are under a tornado WARNING, seek shelter immediately!

If you are in:

A structure (e.g. residence, small building, school, nursing home, hospital, factory, shopping center, high-rise building):

• Go to a pre-designated shelter area such as a safe room, basement, storm cellar, or the lowest building level.

• If there is no basement, go to the center of an interior room on the lowest level (closet, interior hallway) away from corners, windows, doors, and outside walls.

• Put as many walls as possible between you and the outside.  Get under a sturdy table and use your arms to protect your head and neck.  Do not open windows.

A vehicle, trailer, or mobile home:

• Get out immediately and go to the lowest floor of a sturdy, nearby building or a storm shelter.  Mobile homes, even if tied down, offer little protection from tornadoes.

If you are outside with no shelter:

• Lie flat in a nearby ditch or depression and cover your head with your hands.  Be aware of the potential for flooding.

• Do not get under an overpass or bridge. You are safer in a low, flat location.

• Do not try to outrun a tornado in your vehicle when in an urban or otherwise congested area.