Emergency Preparedness

The American Red Cross does not allow pets in their emergency shelters therefore arrangements need to be made in advance to ensure your pet's safety. The Potter League has a free brochure called, "Disaster Planning for Your Animals" which is available at the Potter League, 87 Oliphant Lane Middletown, RI, or can be downloaded from the Potter Animal Shelter website. This brochure contains vital information for you and your pet to prepare for a disaster.

You can find pet-friendly motels in the area by accessing Petswelcome.

Key Points

Key points to remember:

  • Make sure your animal is wearing up-to-date ID tags.
  • Have a current photograph of your pet(s).
  • Have veterinary records handy with evidence of up-to-date immunizations. Include the name and phone number of your vet.
  • Written instructions for feeding, medical or behavioral problems.
  • Don't forget to bring along your pet's favorite toy to reduce stress.
  • Remember food, water, and medication(s) for the trip.
  • Have a plan and if you need to leave the island, leave early. (Consider bridge closings, gas in your vehicle, traffic and travel time.)
  • Find a place that will accommodate you and your pet(s). (Make arrangements to stay with family, friends, in a hotel or motel.)
  • Keep a check on the weather by using radio, television, or newspapers.

Bridge Closure

Keep in mind that you are on Aquidneck Island and that all three bridges could be closed during a major event. Travel might be restricted when winds originating from directions perpendicular to the bridges are recorded in excess of 58 miles per hour. Closure of the bridges to all traffic will be considered if winds increase to a sustained 69 miles per hour in the above-specified directions. The more advanced planning you do, the safer you and your pets will be.

Additional Resources

Hopefully, this information will be helpful to you and your pets. Be prepared to protect your animals in the event of a disaster. Prior planning will ensure your safety and that of your pet. Do you have a plan?

The resources on this page will provide help finding shelters and evacuation information that will be vital in the event of a natural disaster.