Preparing your pet for an emergency

Transporting your pet

Get a pet carrier and store it somewhere that is easily accessible in case you need to evacuate your home in an emergency.

The carrier should be easy to move around but also sturdy and large enough to enable your pet to stand, turn around and lie down.

Health and security

Keep vaccinations and other suggested treatments up to date and keep a record yourself of their medical history.

Get your pet micro-chipped and if possible put a collar and ID on them so you can be contacted if they get separated from you.

Contingency plans

Have a backup emergency plan in case you can’t get home or care for your animal during an emergency situation.

Develop a buddy system with a friend or relative so someone is available to care for your pet if you are unable to do so yourself. Keep your buddy's contact details on your fridge, so if you are not at home or unable to tell anyone the emergency services know who your pet can go to stay with.

What to do in an emergency

If you are told to evacuate, follow the instructions given for what you should do with your pet.
Go to the Local Authority Reception Centre as directed and register your pet as well as your family. Depending on the situation and the location of the Reception Centre it may be possible for them to stay with you at the Centre or alternative emergency accommodation may need to be arranged whilst the situation is ongoing.

At home

If you are at home and you are told to evacuate but you have to leave your pet behind:

  1. Put your pet in an upstairs room with plenty of water and sanitation.
  2. Go to the Local Authority Reception Centre as directed and report that your pet has been left at home.

Not at home

If you are not at home at the time of the emergency and you are not able to immediately go back:

  • Go to the Local Authority Reception Centre as directed and report that your pet has been left at home.

Exotic or wild pets

If you own an exotic or wild animal do not take it to the Reception Centre. Put your buddy system into practice so your pet is taken care of until you can return home or alternative arrangements can be made.

Other animals

If during the emergency you see an animal that appears to be abandoned, lost, stray, injured or dead, report it at a Local Authority Reception Centre. Do not approach or attempt to move an animal yourself.

Check on any family and friends who own a pet to ensure they are aware of and are following the advice of what to do during the emergency situation.

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