One of the main reasons people refuse to leave their homes when being evacuated, due to an emergency, is because they don’t know what to do with their pets?
If you are not able to 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.
Not all evacuation centres can cater for domestic animals.
Pet Emergency Kits
A pet emergency kit is an easy to grab kit that is ready if you have to leave your home in a hurry because of an emergency. There are some basic items you should always include and specific items unique to your pets needs.
Evacuating with your pet
Council is responsible for running evacuation centres for people displaced from their homes during emergency situations and have no where else to go. Some pets (primarily cats and dogs) may be allowed at evacuation centres during disasters but sometimes not.
Animals will not be allowed inside evacuation centres.
Livestock and Horses
If you own livestock and plan to evacuate without them, move them to a bare paddock with water and room to move.
Don’t shut your animals in sheds or stables or tether them and under no circumstance should you cut boundary fences or let animals loose on the roads as this can cause major traffic accidents.
Ensure your animals have identification. Your details can be attached to collars; otherwise large animals can be marked on their hooves with permanent ink or with a sticker folded in to hair. Having photos of your animals is also a good idea.
The Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment has more information about how to plan for livestock welfare during and after a bushfire.
- Animals & Bushfires – https://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/biosecurity-tasmania/animal-biosecurity/animal-welfare/animals-and-bushfire
- Animals & Extreme Heat – https://www.health.tas.gov.au/publichealth/healthy_communities/extreme_heat/caring_for_pets_and_wildlife
- Emergency Stress Management for Domestic Pets during a crisis – https://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/Documents/RSPCA_Factsheet_EmergencyStressManagement.pdf
- Pet Evacuation Plan – EM, Community Resilience, Brochures, Council or https://kb.rspca.org.au/knowledge-base/what-preparations-should-i-make-for-my-pets-in-case-of-an-emergency/
- Equine Emergency Planning Fact Sheet – https://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/Documents/EEP-Fact-Sheet-1-Planning.pdf
- Access Fodder – Fact Sheet – https://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/Documents/FAQ%20Accessing%20Fodder%20in%20Emergency%20Situations.pdf
- Get Ready Animals SES NSW – https://www.ses.nsw.gov.au/get-ready-animals/get-ready-animals-splash-page/get-ready-animals/
- Get Ready QLD Pets & Animals – https://www.getready.qld.gov.au/pets-and-animals-resources
- Agriculture Victoria Horses & Livestock in emergencies – https://agriculture.vic.gov.au/farm-management/emergency-management/emergency-animal-welfare/horses-and-livestock-in-emergencies
- Emergency Stress Management for Domestic Pets During a Crisis – RSPCA_Factsheet_EmergencyStressManagement.pdf (dpipwe.tas.gov.au)