Emergency Management

Staff Contact:

Brady Smith , AICP
Principal Planner
4000 Gateway Centre Blvd.
Suite 100
Pinellas Park, Florida 33782
Phone: (727)570-5151 ext. 42

John Meyer
Principal Planner
4000 Gateway Centre Blvd. Suite 100
Phone: (727)570-5151 ext. 29

Protect Your Pet

    Children with dog

Don't leave your pet and don’t use your pet as an excuse not to evacuate. Don’t put yourself, your family and your pet at risk! You are responsible for planning for your pet. If you are ordered to evacuate, take your Pet Survival Kit if you go to friends, relatives or a hotel. Unless there are pet-friendly shelters in your county, shelters cannot accept pets. As a pet owner, you must plan ahead. Check out your options. For more information call your local SPCA, Animal Control or Humane Society. If you plan to go to a hotel or motel, go online to www.petswelcome.com.

After the storm has passed, be careful in allowing your pet outdoors. Familiar scents and landmarks may be altered and your pet could easily be confused and become lost. Downed power lines, other animals and insects brought in with high water could present real dangers to your pet. Take care not to allow your pet to consume food or water which may have become contaminated. Nearly 80 percent of pets displaced by a storm are never reunited with their owners.


  • Proper ID collar and rabies tag/license*
  • Vaccination paperwork
  • Carrier or cage (large enough for your pet to move around)
  • Leash
  • Ample food supply (at least two weeks)
  • Water
  • Water/food bowls
  • Any necessary medication(s)
  • Specific care instruction
  • Newspapers, cat litter, scoop, plastic trash bags for handling waste
  • Proper ID on all belongings
  • Photo of you and your pet
  • A comfort item such as a favorite toy or blanket
  • Non-electric can opener

*Make sure your pets have had all their shots within the past 12 months. Pet-friendly shelters and boarding facilities will require proof of vaccinations.


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