I live in Florida and we have a lot of hurricane warnings.. I also live in Tampa Bay which is the lightning capital of the world and with the lightning comes pretty nasty storms. We don't have basements in FL or cellars for protection. So during the really bad storms/hurricanes, we put things in the bathroom that we need for transport and evacuation purposes only.. We have our collapsible nylon crate that fits my moms mini poodle mix, her shih tzu mix, and my bassett hound mix. Then we put two large carriers (good for animals up to 20lbs) that are plastic air-plane approved and a smaller one for the rabbit. We also will include our car keys, our purses, our fire-box, vaccine records, and our phones.
I am very well aware of how under-prepared this seems. However, if we have to evacuate with no notice, we have four cats, four dogs, and a rabbit to relocate.
I'll be living with my BF soon, and we'll have three dogs, four cats, and a rabbit.
Since I have four cats in two bonded pairs they go in carriers two at a time. The rabbit goes in a carrier. And the dogs are leashed. In practice, it takes us 10 minutes to be backing out of the driveway when the animals are not hiding and are calm. I have several fire-rescue-my-pet stickers on our front door, window, and back door and back window. In case of fire, we will open the back door, the front door, and the garage door as well as bust in windows once we get ourselves outside. The dogs will follow us out hopefully.. the cats are going to have to be rescued or escape on their own. The rabbit will most likely not make it and would pass away from the smoke before I even get out the house but I'll grab him if I can get to him... I love my babies, but if I'm dead then the chances of any of them surviving is even lowered in a fire.