Write up a plan. Place it on the fridge or somewhere else prominent so everyone can refer to it when the time comes.
Contain your animals early. If you hear of a pending natural disaster or possible evacuation, prepare by placing your pet in their crate or carrier, or contain them in a room so they are close at hand when you need to leave. This may help prevent them from hiding or running away due to fear or stress, as animals sense changes in their environment.
Arrange identification for pets. Provide identification for your pet with a visible marker such as a collar and council registration tag. They can also be permanently identified with a microchip. Make sure your contact details are correct with both your local council and your microchip registry (include several alternative contact numbers in case you can't be reached).
Access to water. If you plan to leave your pet for a little while at home, organise a water supply that will last them several days, even if you expect to be home that evening. Arrange water containers that are unspillable.
Emergency backup carer. Choose someone you trust, and who may be familiar with your pet, to be able to leave your pet with to take care of.
Temporary housing. It might be worth looking into some animal shelters, boarding kennels, animal shelters or friends that would be prepared to temporarily house and care for your pets in case of an emergency. Make a list of these and their contact numbers to have handy. Perhaps place them in your emergency kit.
Prepare an emergency kit. If you need to leave in an emergency and at short notice, it will be extremely handy to have a kit with about three to seven days’ supplies all ready to be transported with your pet so they can be easily identified and have all they need for their temporary stay. Animal Welfare Victoria has provided a list of what this kit may contain:
- Food and water containers, with enough food and water for at least three days.
- Leads for dogs, along with a chain suitable for tethering if possible.
- A cage, carrier or container for each small pet for transportation and housing. Make sure the cage is big enough and has a litter tray that suits the animal.
- Clearly label each cage or carrier with your contact details.
- An information list including your name, address and phone numbers, your pet's name, description and care requirements and a photo of you and your pet.
- Pet first aid items and essential medications.
- Pet medical history, vaccination certificate and veterinary contacts.
- Blankets, towels and bedding.
- Pet registration, identification and licensing records.
- Litter for cats or other small animals.