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Household Pets & Livestock Emergency Planning

The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry is the lead agency charged with the evacuation and sheltering of household pets during a declared disaster in Louisiana. Our emergency plan is the Emergency Support Function 11 (ESF 11) which addresses all hazards preparedness and response to emergencies related to food, agriculture, livestock, and household pets in Louisiana.

Recent history involving natural disasters has illustrated the need to include animal and household pet evacuation as an integral part of human evacuation plans while preparing for and responding to such events.

Legislative Act 615 of the 2006 Regular Session states that parish governments and animal/pet facilities must file an emergency plan with the local parish office of emergency preparedness and the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry by March 1st on an annual basis. This information is critical for planning, preparing, and responding to the parishes that need assistance to evacuate and shelter the household pets of their Critical Transportation Needs population during a state declared emergency.

Our mission is to assist the citizens of Louisiana in developing a comprehensive emergency preparedness plan by providing informational resources for Livestock and Household pets.

These guidelines offer recommendations for Livestock and Household Pets that will help owners prepare to evacuate their Livestock and Household Pets at the same time they evacuate themselves from threatened areas.

For more information contact LDAF at the address, phone numbers or e-mail listed below.

LDAF Office of Animal Health Services
PO Box 1951
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-1951

Fax: 225-923-4888
Phone: 225-925-3980
E-Mail: Animal Plan

Household Pets Emergency Planning

  • Directive for Parish Presidents and Emergency Managers
  • Animal Evacuation Law (Act 615)
  • Information Letter for animal facility (shelters, veterinary clinics, etc.)
  • Evacuation Plan Information Form for animal facility (shelters, veterinary clinics, etc.)
  • Parish Household Pet Plan Form for Parish Emergency Planners
  • LSU Animal Shelter Disaster Response Manual
  • “Guideline For Establishing a Shelter for Owned Animals During a Disaster”
  • Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP)
  • Pet and animal index
  • Homeland Security “Preparing Your Pets For Emergency” Brochure
  • Parish Emergency Preparedness Contacts
  • Louisiana Veterinary Medicine Association (LVMA)
    • LVMA Emergency Preparedness Page
    • LVMA “Help Your Pet Survive a Natural Disaster or Emergency” Brochure
  • American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Disaster Preparedness for Veterinarians
  • Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA)
  • Louisiana State Animal Response Team (LSART)
  • Louisiana Animal Control Association (LACA)
  • National Animal Control Association (NACA)
  • Louisiana Board of Veterinary Medicine
  • American Red Cross
  • Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation
  • National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
    • FEMA Disaster Preparation Information for Pet Owners
  • Pet Friendly Lodging

Livestock Emergency Planning