Jesse & Joy know the importance of family. As a popular singing duo that’s beloved for hits such as “¡Corre!” and “3 a.m.,” these siblings are all for being there for each other through thick and thin. And they know that dogs and cats are members of the family, too, and should never be left behind.

The Grammy Award winners sat down with peta2 to tell their fans how to protect their animal companions during a natural disaster. Check it out:

Protect Your Animal Companions

“Nothing is more important to us than our family, including our animal companions,” says Joy. “That’s why we have an emergency plan in place to keep our entire family safe in case of a natural disaster.”

Natural disasters, such as floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, and tornadoes, can be pretty scary, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t be prepared to save yourself and your loved ones. Animal companions are members of the family, too, and should never be left behind. Ensure that you’re prepared with food, supplies, and a plan before disaster strikes.

“Decide ahead of time where you will go in case of an evacuation, and make sure it’s a place that accepts animals.” —Jesse

Check out these tips to protect your animal family members in an emergency:

Before an Emergency Strikes

  • Have an animal emergency kit ready. Include a harness and leash or a carrier as well as bottled water, food and water bowls, dry and canned food, and a copy of your animal companions’ medical records. If you have a cat, have litter and a small litter tray ready to go.
  • Ensure that all your animals have collars or harnesses with tags listing your contact details. Keep a current photo of your animal companions to identify them if they become lost.

During an Emergency

  • If you and your family have to leave your home, never leave animals behind. There’s no way of knowing what may happen to your home while you’re away, and you may not be able to return for days or even weeks. Animal companions left behind may not find food and water or they may be injured by debris, drown, or escape in panic and get lost.
  • Know your destination ahead of time. Not all emergency shelters accept animals, but many hotels do during disasters.

Feeling Prepared?

Natural disasters can strike at any time, but if you have a solid plan beforehand, you can help protect all your family members. Share these tips with friends and family. ♥