- Prepare a disaster plan and kit for each pet.
- For each pet, get a carrier that is large enough for your pet to stand and turn around
- Be sure your pet has current vaccinations.
- In your home disaster plan, record contact phone numbers and addresses of your Vet, local animal welfare agencies and Council Animal Control office.
- Be sure your pet has a current registration tag/a second method of identification, such as a tattoo or implanted microchip.
- Keep with you a current photograph of your pet, in case your pet is lost.
- If you stay at home, prepare an easily cleaned room or bathroom or laundry for your pet, preferably with small or no windows.
- Keep a good supply of newspapers for your pet's sanitary needs.
- For each pet, have two weeks supply of medication, food and water.
- Keep a leash handy at all times.
- If you will be evacuating your pet, consider safe relocation options. For example investigate temporary animal shelters or safe refuge with family or friends.
Evacuating your home without your pet
- Evacuate early to avoid unnecessary risk to you and your animals.
- Remember, public evacuation centres will not take your pets. (Guide dogs excepted.)
- Bring your pet indoors to the prepared safe area.
- Leave approximately 3 days worth of pet food in sturdy containers accessible to your pet.
- Birds must eat daily - put special food dispensers in their cage.
- For pet drinking water, fill the bathtub or fill non-spill containers. Disinfect the toilet bowl, flush well, and leave lid open.
- Be sure to leave ample water in hot conditions.
- Allow your pet access to elevated areas/furniture in the event of flooding
- Consider leaving comfort items with your pet to reduce anxiety, for example their bed and toys. Never leave a cat with a dog in the same room, even if they get along.
- Leave a note on the door warning of an animal in the room in the event Emergency Services enter your home.
Evacuating with your pet
- Don't leave animals in vehicles.
- Consider taking with you your pet's comfort items reduce their anxiety, for example their bed and toys.
- Also carry your pet's grooming items, paper towels, rubbish bags and disinfectant.
- Use pet carriers for dogs and cats. Be sure that they are large enough for your pet to stand up in, turn around and lie down.
- Carry leashes.
After the threat has passed
- Keep pets inside after a cyclone. If you take your pets outside, keep your dog on a lead and your cat in a carrier.
- Check with relevant authorities regarding missing animals.
- Take care when releasing animals, their environment may have been severely damaged and the animals may be very disoriented, frightened or aggressive.