Livestock and pets
If you have livestock or pets, it's important that you know how you'll keep them safe in the event of an emergency.
Find out how you can be prepared, and plan what to do if an emergency or disaster happens, below.
- Check whether local arrangements cater for relocation of livestock. Plan where you'll relocate your stock to.
- Fit gates on internal fences to avoid moving stock along public roads.
- Mark gates on a map of your property. Have this map available in case someone has to move stock for you.
During an emergency
- Coordinate relocation of livestock with neighbours, friends or livestock associations as early as possible.
- If an emergency warning is current, or on days of high risk, consider moving stock into a safe area before leaving your property for any length of time.
- Move animals to an area with adequate natural feed if possible – additional feed may be required for stock stranded for extended periods.
- In extreme circumstances, the best option may be to cut fences so that stock can escape danger.
- Include your animals in your household emergency plans.
- Know where you'll take your animals well in advance of an emergency.
- Keep vaccinations and worming up to date.
- Make sure your emergency kit includes:
- appropriate pet supplies, including medication
- a copy of your pets' most recent immunisation records
- food (including treats)
- bottled water
- a familiar pet blanket, bedding or toys
- leads/harnesses for exercising your pet
- suitable cleaning supplies.
- Make sure your pet is accustomed to being put into a carry cage or crate. You can use your own carry cage/crate, so don't forget to add it to your emergency plan.
- Properly identify your pets, e.g. with lifetime registration tags and name tags with current contact details. Ensure your details are up to date with your microchip provider.
- Keep a list of important phone numbers handy, such as vets or your local Animal Management Centre.
During an emergency
- If moving animals to a safer place, do so early to avoid unnecessary risk.
- If staying at home, secure animals indoors so that they don't take flight or run away.
- Provide adequate food and water in large, heavy bowls.
- Place pets in separate rooms with small or preferably no windows, e.g. laundry or bathroom.
- If leaving animals outside, do not tie them up.