When evacuation orders are issued, it is imperative that you take your animals with you. Animals do not have the same capabilities as humans do to protect themselves. Therefore, leaving an animal behind during a wild land fire, in rising flood waters or in the path of a hurricane could cause them extensive injury or even death. Instead of abandoning animals to fend for themselves, determine ahead of time how you can transport your pet to a safe location. The more animals in a household, and the larger the animals are, the more advance planning will be required.