Caring for Animals in Disasters
Preparing your Animals for an Emergency
Our animals are such important and loved members of our family and when emergencies like disasters occur, you want to keep them safe.
The best process for keeping your animals safe and well during emergencies is to have a well-made plan and prepare in advance.
Your plan needs to consider all likely natural disasters for your area including storms, floods, bushfires and heatwaves and it’s also important to consider how those different events might affect your pet’s health and safety, your evacuation routes and end destinations.
Step #1 - Animal Emergency Plan
Step #2 - Animal Emergency Kit
Your animals and their wellbeing are your responsibility.
Caring for Animals in Disasters - Overview
- Include your animals in household emergency plans
- Properly identify your pets (eg. name tags, microchip, or band)
- Keep a list of emergency phone numbers on display
- Be aware that some evacuation centres may not accept animals so plan alternatives accordingly
- If moving animals to a safer place, do so early to avoid unnecessary risk
- Ensure there is access to plenty of food and water
- If staying at home, secure animals in good time so that they do not take flight
If you have to leave pets behind:
- If possible, leave pets indoors
- Place pets in separate rooms with small or preferably no windows (eg. laundry, 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 paramount
- Don't risk human life trying to find and protect pets
Preparing a Pet Emergency Kit
Animals remaining on the property
Evacuating with animals
Further information can be found at: https://www.getready.qld.gov.au/pets-and-animals-resources