These simple preparatory steps will ensure your animals are
prepared for and survive an emergeny event.
Keep your pet's ID tag, microchip
or leg band, and council registration up-to-date with your current
Ensure identification tags are up-to-date and securely fastened
to your pet's collar. If possible, attach the address and/or phone
number of your evacuation site. If your pet gets lost, their tag is
their ticket home. Ensure you have a current photo of your pet for
identification purposes. Domestic cats and dogs should have current
council registration tags, implanted microchip, or for birds a leg
Keep a pet carrier, leash, or
harness close-at-hand; check if your local evacuation centre will
accept pets (if not, leave your pet with out-of-town friends if you
If you're considering moving animals to a safer place, do so
early to avoid unnecessary risk. Use a secure pet carrier or
cage, leash, or harness to move any animals to safety. Animal
behaviour can change before, during, and after an emergency and
such devices may be required to calm the animal down and to keep
them safe from harm.
Check with your local pet store for a small tank to transport
your fish in with attached battery operated aerator. A battery
operated aerator, and bucket, of the type used by fisherman to keep
live bait alive will also be adequate. If you have no other option
put your fish into a large wide necked jar, two-thirds filled, with
a secure lid and aerate by gently blowing through a straw. Remove
the lid when stationary to allow for some air saturation.
In most cases, trained assistance dogs will be allowed to stay
in emergency shelters with their owners. Those that are
accepted may require proper identification and proof of
vaccination. Check with your local council for more
If you evacuate, take enough
food, water, medication, cat litter, with you.
While the sun is still shining, consider packing a pet survival
kit that could be easily deployed if disaster hits. Take pet food,
bottled water, medications, veterinary records, cat litter and
tray, can opener, food dishes, treats, first aid kit, and other
supplies (for up to two weeks) with you in case they are not
Copy your pet's health records
for your Household Emergency Kit.
If you are unable to return to your home right away, you may
need to board your pet. Most boarding kennels, veterinarians, and
animal shelters will need your pet's medical records to make sure
all vaccinations are current. Include copies in your
Household Emergency Kit along with a photo of your
pet, for easy identification.
Check with vets, RSPCA, animal welfare groups, and your local
council about whether any Emergency Pet Shelters are to be
established during disaster events. Add the contact details to your