Pets in emergencies
Your animals are your responsibility, and you need to prepare for their safety and welfare during an emergency.
- Include your animals in household emergency plans
- Properly identify your pets for example name tags, Council registration tag and ensure they are microchipped
- Keep a list of emergency phone numbers on display
- Be aware that some emergency relief centres may not cater for animals so make sure you plan accordingly
- If you intend to move your animals to a safer location, do so early to avoid unnecessary risk
- Ensure there is access to plenty of food and water if you are leaving them behind
- If staying at home, secure animals early enough so they don’t run away if they become frightened
- If you have to leave your pets behind, leave them indoors
- Place pets in smaller rooms with small or preferably no windows for example a laundry or bathroom
- Provide adequate food and water in large heavy bowls
- If left outside, do not tie them up
Your safety, and that of your family, is very important. Ensure that you act responsibly when trying to find and protect your pets.