The welfare of your pets is your responsibility. It is up to you to prepare for the safety and welfare of your pets in case of an emergency. Planning now will lessen the stress during an emergency on both you and your animals.
- Include your animals in household emergency plans,
- Properly identify your pets (e.g. name tags, microchip or band),
- Include some pet food in your emergency kit,
- Have a strong, secure pet carrier handy in case you need to leave your home,
- Be aware that some evacuation centres may not accept animals so plan alternatives accordingly, and
- Keep a list of emergency phone numbers on display.
If you decide to move animals to a safer place, do so early to avoid unnecessary risk.
Ensure there is access to plenty of food and water.
If staying at home, secure animals in good time so that they do not take flight.
If you have to leave pets behind:
- Leave your pets indoors (when possible),
- Place pets in separate rooms with small or preferably no windows (e.g. laundry, bathroom),
- Provide adequate food and water in large heavy bowls, and
- If left outside, do not tie them up.
Your safety, and that of your family, is paramount. Do not risk human life trying to find and protect pets.
If you are directed to evacuate take your pet with you. Do not leave animals unattended or in a motor vehicle during an emergency.
If you are unable to evacuate your animals you should notify the Department of Primary Industries on (02) 6391 3100