One of the main reasons people refuse to leave their homes in an emergency is because they don’t know what to do with their pets and livestock.
The Kingborough Mayor, Paula Wriedt said the best possible thing to do with your animals in a fire is to plan ahead, before an emergency happens.
“Knowing where you can house your pets and livestock before disaster strikes was an important part of being bushfire ready,” Cr Wriedt said.
“You might be able to house your animals at either a friend’s or relative’s house or a boarding kennel.
“If your pets can’t stay with relatives or friends and you have no alternative than to go to an evacuation centre, having your pets needs organised beforehand can reduce stress and ensure you can evacuate quickly.
“If an evacuation centre can cater for domestic animals these animals are generally accommodated within the grounds of the centre or in a facility adjacent to it.
“Preparing in advance your pet emergency kit will help you if the time comes to leave.
“There are some basic items you should always include in your pet emergency kit and some specific items unique to your pet’s needs that should be added.”
To view a detailed Pet Emergency Kit package click here.