|Disaster Planning for Pets|
During the 2009 bushfires and subsequent flooding events, it was obvious that many people had not planned effectively for the evacuation of their pets. With the record amount of regrowth seen over this spring season, rising temperatures and humidity, we are at an increased risk of bushfires and flooding events and should start planning for the safety of our pets.
Stay and defend your property and pets or evacuate?
Experts generally state four main steps when preparing for disaster;
During extreme weather events it is important to listen to a dedicated emergency radio station such ABC 774AM.
Step 2: Make a plan
Regularly revise, test and check your plan make sure that you practice.
Step 3: Be Prepared
Please use the checklist provided as a template to ensure that you have everything your pets will need.
Step 4: Know your neighbours
NB: Several Animal Aid staff experienced firsthand both personally and professionally, the devastation and confusion that was Black Saturday 2009. Their efforts during and after this tragedy means that they have a rare insight into effective strategies and can give practical advice on how to plan to protect your pets during natural disaster.
Emergency Response Portal
As a result Animal Aid has developed an Emergency Response Portal that has been generously funded by the Victorian Department of Environment and Primary Industries. A key feature of the Animals in Disaster portal is that it has been designed to be accessed via PC, tablet and mobile phone.
The ability to use the portal via mobile phone ensures that evacuees, who usually take their phones with them, can access the site if required. This feature also enables calls for urgent requirements to be pushed out to subscribers to the site, increasing our responsiveness to the animal’s needs.
This portal can be made available to Councils and other relevant organisations and activated in times of disaster. If you would like more information on the Animals in Disaster portal please contact Animal Aid via email firstname.lastname@example.org.