I just got home from a pet safety meeting, and I'm fired up. Are you prepared to keep your pets safe during an emergency? I'm not 100% prepared, but I'm going to take more steps to be so. The first thing I'm doing is posting the window decal I previously ordered from the ASPCA to show emergency personnel how many pets I have. You can get it as part of the free pet safety kit at http://www.aspca.org/about-us/free-aspca-stuff/free-pet-safety-pack.aspx. House fires are the most frequent disaster scenario, and the decal will tell firefighters what to watch for inside your home.
Next, you need to make sure your pets have ID. Microchips are excellent, but it's also important to have a visible ID tag hanging from your pet's collar. Even if the safety issue is "just" that your pet escaped the yard, folks are more likely to stop and try to get them home if they see that visible confirmation that the pet has a home in the first place.
Also, all animals should have a carrier and/or other restraint for safely moving them in a disaster situation. Make sure your cat is familiar with being in a carrier. Make sure you have leashes and crates for your dogs and portable cages for hamsters, birds, etc. Remember that even your own pets can behave aggressively when they are scared.
Have a backpack packed with emergency food and water, bowls, meds, and proof of rabies vaccines. It's a good idea to have photos of your pet(s) in the backpack, especially photos that show you and the pet together as proof that the animal belongs to you. You can put the photos (and even scanned copies of medical records) on a cd or flash drive.
The Red Cross has other tips for pet safety. Now's the time to prepare!