Pets in emergencies
Planning for how you will manage your pets during an emergency situation is important to make sure they are kept safe.
RSPCA Tasmania provides a detailed guide of how to prepare for your pets in an emergency:
Ready Pet Go
- Include your animals in your household Personal Emergency Plan.
- Properly identify your pets.
- Your dogs and cats must be microchipped.
- Ensure your pet's collar carries your contact details.
- Include some pet food and medications for a couple of days in your emergency kit.
- Have a strong, secure pet carrier box/cage handy It should be large enough to allow your pet to be comfortable for a couple of days and be clearly marked with your name and contact details.
- Be aware that some evacuation centres may not accept animals so plan alternatives accordingly.
- If you are directed to evacuate, take your pet with you.
- Do not leave animals unattended or in a motor vehicle during an emergency.
- Discuss arrangements with your neighbours and have an agreement about the management of pets should an emergency occur.
- Make a plan for where you will house your pets should you have to leave your home.
- If moving livestock to a safer place, do so early to avoid unnecessary risk.
- Before bushfires, prepare and maintain fuel reduced areas onto which stock can be moved and held.
- Before floods, ensure that there is high ground nearby and organise feed supplies for the duration of the flood.
- Feed - have emergency supplies of fodder as part of risk management preparedness.
Handling difficult animals
- Cats: a difficult cat can be handled by holding the scruff of its neck and placing it in a carry box.
- Dogs: use a muzzle as a restraint. If a muzzle is unavailable, tear up a bed sheet and place around the muzzle of the dog, crossing under the neck and around the back of its ears and secure. Use only as a short term measure.
- Horses: place a blindfold (e.g. a towel) across the head and lead from the left side with your hand and elbow close to the horse.