World Animal Protection is urging people to include their pets in their disaster plan.
“We know from looking at past disasters that people can make last-minute decisions to try to keep their pets safe – putting themselves in danger in the process,” director Simone Clarke said.
“Pets must be part of emergency planning, not just to protect them, but to keep your family safe too.”
World Animal Protection’s top three disaster preparation tips are: to prepare a disaster survival kit for pets with food, water, medicine, identification, and a favourite toy; identify a friend’s house, pet-friendly motel, or animal shelter where they can take their pet during a disaster; and practise their plan so their pet is used to moving into their carrier, to ensure everyone can move fast and stay calm in an emergency.
Visit protectyourpet.org.au for a free disaster pack.