Don't wait until the tornado drops down in your backyard; heed the advice of FEMA and bring pets inside as soon as any watches or warnings hit the airwaves. It's wise to predetermine which areas of the home can serve as safe havens, which could depend on what type of disaster is at hand. Choose a room that's easy to clean and has access to water, such as a bathroom. In the event of flooding, head for the highest location in your house or a room with high shelves for your pets to shelter.
Keep the safe room stocked with enough food and bottled, distilled water for your pet to be comfortable for at least five to seven days. Don't forget about bathroom supplies, too, whether that means fresh litter, pee pads, newspapers or plastic bags.