Our pets, no matter how small, large, fluffy or scaly are a huge part of our lives. Emergencies happen without warning and all too often our beloved pets can get forgotten when we start planning for the worst.
As different animals have different needs, it’s useful to think about what you would do with your pet during an emergency where:
- You may be confined to your home for any length of time
- You are unable to return home
- You’re evacuated
- After an emergency – things may not be the same for you, your family and your home.
What can you do now to prepare?
- Ensure your pets are microchipped – it’s now a legal requirement
- Think of where your pet could go? Sometimes a simple discussion with family and friends now could save valuable time and limit stress for everyone. It’s always useful to find out which family or friends could take care of your pet during an emergency? If any suitable shelters are nearby? If the local Council could support your pet at the local rest centre?
- Include some pet specific items in your grab bag such as a lead/collar, copy of vaccination records, litter etc