Emergency Preparedness for Parrots

Parrot EvacuationEvery year we hear sad stories from pet bird owner's who have experienced an emergency requiring Emergency Preparedness for Parrots. Whether it be hurricanes, tornado's, earthquakes, floods, fire, or even a terrorist attack, every bird owner should have a bird travel cage for each bird and develop a plan to take care of their parrots when water and electricity are not available.


1. Plan ahead and play it safe by creating a parrot emergency preparedness kit ready in case you have to evacuate. 

2. Practice simulated evacuation. How will you pack the car? How will you ensure that the air quality in the car is safe for everyone? Where will you go to get to safety?

3. Purchase a medium sized Rubbermaid or similar brand plastic tub which has a lid that seals out moisture to place your parrot emergency items in. Label the tub with your name, telephone number, and your pets microchip number. Place it near your bird carriers.

4.  Have your parrot bird carrier(s) assembled and labeled with your birds name, your telephone number and your veterinarian's telephone number in plain view. Be sure to write "REWARD IF RETURNED TO OWNER" on the carrier, as well.

Evacuation Kit

What to Pack in Your Emergency Preparedness for Parrots Evacuation Kit

  • 5-7 days of bird food
  • Bottled Water
  • Pet Focus Disinfectant
  • Roll of Paper Towels
  • First Aid Kit including Styptic Powder
  • Your contact information + your veterinarian's contact information
  • At least one bath towel
  • A picture of your bird
  • Leg Band and Microchip numbers
  • Bird Harness
  • Medications, if your bird requires them
  • Parrot Calming Formula

BIRD CARRIER PREPARATION:  When planning for emergency preparedness for parrots, make sure that each parrot has its own bird carrier assembled and ready should an evacuation be necessary. Affix a label on the bird travel cage ahead of time. If you have several pet's it will be easier to have the label's prepared ahead of time and placed it in a location near your bird travel cage. Apply the proper label to the bird travel cage as you place your parrot inside its bird travel. Prepare labels with permanent ink to place on each bird carrier with the following information on each:

  • Parrots Name and Species
  • Emergency Contact Name and Telephone
  • Veterinarian's Name, Address and Telephone Number

CREATE AN EVACUATION PLAN: Develop a plan of how you will get your parrots to safety and practice a simulated evacuation.

Call your veterinarian ahead of time and ask to have your parrots boarded with him/her if your parrot is lost and found by emergency personnel.

  • What is the best way to load your vehicle if you have several pets?
  • Identify your potential evacuation location
  • Identify pet friendly hotels or shelters

An Emergency Preparedness for Parrots Plan and kit will save you a lot of stress in case you actually have to evacuate.   

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