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.
Please note 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 pet’s needs.
Evacuating with your pet
Council is responsible for running evacuation centres for people displaced from their homes during emergency situations and have nowhere 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 into hair. Having photos of your animals is also a good idea.
For more information, please refer to below (external) links.
Animals and bushfire (Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania):
- Animals and Bushfire | Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania
- Animals and Bushfire Planning | Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania
- Animals and Bushfire Planning poster: Animals and Bushfire Planning Poster
- Accessing fodder: FAQ Accessing Fodder in Emergency Situations
- Property Identification Codes for Animal Identification:
- Get Ready Animals | NSW State Emergency Service
- Pets and animals resources | Get Ready Queensland
- Preparing Your Animals in Case of Emergency ⋆ RSPCA Tasmania
- RSPCA_Factsheet -_Emergency Stress Management for Domestic Pets during a Crisis
- What preparations should I make for my pets in case of an emergency? – RSPCA Knowledgebase
Equine Emergency Planning Fact Sheets
- Equine Emergency Planning Fact Sheet: Planning
- Equinre Emergency Planning Fact Sheet: Preparation
- Equine Emergency Planning Fact Sheet: Checklists
- Equine Emergency Planning: Emergency Plan and Vital Signs
- Horses and livestock in emergencies | Emergency animal welfare | Emergency management | Farm management | Agriculture Victoria