FloodSafe for your pets and animals
Pets and animals are an important part of the family and household.
It is important to consider your pets when planning for floods including:
- Pet safety during floods
- What you will do with pets if you are required to evacuate
- Moving pets appropriately
- Evacuation Centres and requirements for pets and animals
Include in your Home Emergency Plan what you will do with your pets before, during and after floods.
Your pets are reliant on you during floods. Never leave pets behind if you evacuate and transport your pets appropriately (carry cages, muzzles and other safety equipment). If you are going to an evacuation centre, make sure they cater for pets or find somewhere to go outside of the flood area which does (family or friends).
Here is a general checklist of what might be necessary to prepare your pet for floods:
|ID tags are up-to-date and securely attached to collars or carriers|
|Pet carriers are secure|
|Have a leash, collar and harness for each pet where necessary|
|Muzzle your dog|
|Have a current picture of your pet and a picture of you with your pet|
|Relevant veterinary records and medications are current|
|Have emergency vet contact information|
|Several days worth of food and water for each pet including dishes, spoon and can opener|
|Written feeding and medication instructions including what not to feed your pet|
|Clean-up supplies including litter, bags, paper towels, wipes, sanitisers and garbage bags|
|Pet toys, beds, blankets, towels and treats|
|A pet first aid kit|
It is also important to remember any animals you may own but which are kept on other properties. Horses are usually kept like this. These kinds of animals are called agisted animals.
many properties where agisted animals are kept can be in high flood risk areas such as close to creeks, rivers and other water ways. If there is the likelihood of flooding, it is important to make sure your agisted animals are safe.
Talk to the property owner about the local risks and about their plans for when it may flood. Add these plans to your own Home Emergency Plan.
Monitor the weather and river conditions near where your animals are agisted and put your Emergency Plan into action if there is the likelihood of flooding where you keep your agisted animals.
Many farm animals are at risk during floods. It is important to plan what you will do with livestock if there is a risk of flooding.
What you can do now:
- Check whether local arrangements cater for relocation of livestock and plan where you will relocate your stock to, well before flooding begins. Working with neighbour farms can help you prepare this
- Fit gates on internal fences to avoid moving stock along public roads
- Mark gates and water locations on a map of your property. Have this map available in case someone has to move stock for you
What you can do before it floods:
- Coordinate relocation of domestic animals and livestock with neighbours, friends or livestock associations as early as possible
- If an emergency warning is current, or on days of high risk, consider moving stock into a safe area before leaving your property for any length of time
- move animals to high ground with adequate natural feed. Additional feed may be required for stock stranded for extended periods
- In extreme circumstances, the best option may be to cut fences so that stock can escape danger (and be collected later).
Australian wildlife can be susceptible to floods.
There are organisations which can take care of Australian wildlife affected by floods.