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Emergency planning for pets is an important part of emergency household preparations and greatly increases the likelihood of evacuating your pets to safety. There are many things pet owners can do to be prepared in the event of emergencies such as floods, cyclones or bushfires. By following this checklist you can help to ensure that you and your pets are well prepared.

“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.”

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.

In preparation for an emergency, the RSPCA recommends:

  • having carry boxes (for smaller pets), leads (for dogs) and halters (for horses) readily accessible. If possible, familiarise pets with boxes and leads in advance so they become more comfortable with them.
  • ensuring pets wear collars and tags at all times. Tags should include the animal’s name, owner’s name and phone number.
  • always having a secondary contact number on the ID tag or microchip record. A home phone won’t be answered in an evacuation.
  • ensuring pets are microchipped and registered with your local council, as required under NSW law
  • preparing an emergency pet supply kit – food and water (remember to pack a can opener if feeding canned food), food and water bowls, kitty litter and litter tray for cats, medication, blankets and towels.
  • keeping current photos of your pets and a detailed description of them, in the event they become lost
  • contacting the RSPCA for helpful tips on how to locate them if pets become lost during an emergency

Make an emergency kit containing:

  • registration or licence papers
  • vaccination certificates
  • cages, pet carriers, van, horse float or horse trucks. These need to be available and functional in the case of evacuation. You should also ensure your pets are trained to enter and spend time in the crate or carrier.
  • litter and tray for cats
  • poo bags
  • collars, leads, harnesses, saddles, etc.
  • food, water and bowls
  • medications
  • blankets, bedding or nesting material
  • toys
  • photographs of your pets, which should be placed in plastic bags
  • contact details for your vet, local RSPCA, council and alternative animal accommodation

Seek additional information with:

The Bureau of Meteorology

The Bureau of Meteorology is Australia's national weather, climate and water agency. Its expertise and services assist Australians in dealing with the harsh realities of their natural environment, including drought, floods, fires, storms, tsunami and tropical cyclones. Through regular forecasts, warnings, monitoring and advice spanning the Australian region and Antarctic territory, the Bureau provides one of the most fundamental and widely used services of government.

The NSW Department of Primary Industries

The NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) acts in partnership with industry and other public sector organisations to foster profitable and sustainable development of primary industries in New South Wales. They provide information on available drought assistance, managing in drought, maps, and drought recovery. They also have information for rural producers affected by severe floods, frost, bushfires and other natural disasters.

Australian Emergency Management

This government website provides vital emergency management information from the Australian Government. The Australian Government Minister responsible for Commonwealth Emergency Management is the Attorney-General. The site provides information about Australian and regional emergency management, in a national security context, including content on policy formulation, national emergency operations and development of national and international capability.

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