Dogs and emergencies – planning is the key

October 19, 2016 at 6:00 am

Despite where you live, whether it is in the city or country, now is a good time to think about your pets and what you would do in the event of an emergency. As we approach the warmer months, fire is the biggest risk. However, floods can occur also like we have seen in parts of Australia recently.

The Victorian Emergency Animal Welfare Plan, was established in 2011 following the Victorian Black Saturday Bushfires Royal Commission.  The Plan highlights the significant impact of the importance of bonds that people form with animals. As well as the impact these bonds have on people’s decision making to relocate and their safety in an emergency.

It is therefore very worthwhile to consider what you and your family will do on a day of higher fire risk. Will you consider staying with family or friends away from the area of risk?

Do they have the space for all your pets? How will your pets go travelling?

The key to whatever you and your family decide, is preparation. Having a plan for as many different scenarios, is also very important.

Here are some tips to help you prepare your pets:

  • Ensure you keep up to date with the latest emergency warnings where you are. It is important to ensure you get your information for a reliable source, such as an emergency service website or local radio station
  • Ensure you have a kit of your pet’s important items together. This includes vaccinations certificates, any medication, food, bowls, leads, favourite toys and water
  • Ensure your pet has a collar on with an identification tag, with your name and contact numbers on it
  • Make sure your pets are microchipped and registered with your local Council
  • Ensure your family has an emergency plan that is regularly practised.
  • It is also beneficial to make a list of boarding kennels, so you could consider boarding your dogs, if the kennels are not at risk

To find out more information about preparing your pets for emergencies, visit the following websites.

Walking Forward Disaster Relief Team –

Agriculture Victoria –

RSPCA Australia –

Country Fire Authority Victoria –