The recent devestating floods in rural NSW are a reminder that disaster can strike at any time. And traditionally with bushfire season soon upon us, the RSPCA NSW reminds the community that now is the time to prepare an emergency evacuation plan. The plan should also include measures to ensure the safety of family pets and other animals being cared for.
“Planning ahead is critical,” states RSPCA NSW Chief Inspector David OShannessy. “Often, people have no choice but to leave their animals behind because they’ve not considered their pets as part of their evacuation plan.”
In preparation for an emergency, the RSPCA recommends:
Livestock tips include:
“Pets typically cannot survive on their own so taking animals along at the time of evacuation is strongly recommended whenever possible,” stresses Chief Inspector OShannessy.
If you must evacuate and cannot take your pets, leave a sign in the front window indicating how many animals have been left behind, along with your name and contact information. Remember to place the sign high up in the window so that it doesn’t become obscured by debris or rising water levels (in the event of a flood).
While the thought of disaster and emergency isn’t always at the forefront of your mind, taking time now to prepare helps ensure the safety of your family and pets.
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