Emergency planning for pets
The last few years have shown many Australians how vital it is to prepare for emergencies or disasters. We must have an emergency plan that includes our pets. We need to prepare for our pets because they are completely dependent on us.
Please note that this is only a general guideline. The exact steps you should take will depend on the companion animal, and your situation. We encourage you to visit the Knowledgebase for more information on emergency planning, safety tips, and how to protect everyone.
Planned pet care is a crucial part of emergency preparations for the household. It is essential to create a plan and practice it before implementing it when necessary.
A written plan can be life-saving in an emergency. Consider what you would do with your pet if you had to evacuate before creating an emergency plan for pets. It could be a friend, family member, or boarding facility located in a safe area.
In an emergency, your pet must be registered and microchipped. You will have the best chance of reuniting with your pet if you separate. It is important to keep your vaccinations up-to-date, but it can be even more critical in an emergency.
In addition, a pet emergency plan must include ensuring that your pet has been trained to settle in a carrier/crate or is comfortable when being transported.
Prepare your pet emergency kit.
The preparation of a pet’s emergency kit is a crucial part of planning. This will help you activate your plan quickly. It should contain a folder with all the necessary documents, including vaccination and registration certificates, information about your veterinarian, animal shelters, councils, alternative accommodation facilities, medication instructions, medical records, or a summary of your pet’s condition and treatment. The kit should include transportation equipment, such as cages, carriers, crates, or horse floats, depending on the animal. Cat litter, small mammal poo bags, or cat litter trays for dogs or cats. ID tags (including your pet’s name and mobile number). Food and water bowls and at least a week’s worth of non-refrigerated pet food, blankets, bedding, or nesting materials, and toys.
It’s crucial to practice your plan once you have one. You can refine your plan by practicing it. This will prevent panic in case of an emergency.
You can also start planning by monitoring social media, websites, and emergency hotlines for regular updates. Sign up for alerts and updates from your local emergency agency.
How to activate your plan
At the first sign that an emergency is approaching, small pets should remain in the house. This will ensure they are nearby if the need arises to evacuate.
Call ahead to confirm the arrangements you’ve made with the location that you’ve designated in your emergency plans. Pack your Pet Emergency Kit into your vehicle and allow extra time for some pets.