Animals and Natural Disasters
In a disaster, both domestic and wild animals may have been forced from their natural habitats, leaving them disoriented and possibly aggressive. Be smart and be safe, and follow these tips.
- Both wild and domesticated animals may seek shelter in yours. Do not corner an animal. Instead, contact your local animal control authorities for removal.
- Avoid any wild animals – they are scared, confused and may carry rabies.
WHN Tip: Contact your local and state health department for information about the types of wild animals that carry rabies in your area.
- Bitten by an animal? Seek immediate medical attention.
WHN Tip: In the case of snake bite, pay attention to identifying details. If the snake is poisonous, that will help emergency personnel know what anti-venom to administered.
- Secure all food supplies. Animals such as rats and raccoons will be foraging for food.
- Contact your local animal control authorities for assistance in removing any animal carcasses. For more information, go to the CDC's Animal Disposal Following an Emergency page.