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Animals in Emergencies

If nothing else the recent disasters both here in New Zealand and around the world have showed we all need a plan in an emergency or disaster situations.
The same applies to our pets, and we need to have a plan for them. Every home is vulnerable to an emergency. In homes containing family pets, advance preparation for them is as important as for other members of the family.

There are three essential steps that should be taken in preparation for any emergency.
  • Create an emergency plan
  • Prepare a survival kit including provisions for your animals
  • Prepare a get-away kit

A survival kit and a get-away kit may have many similar items in but they perform very different tasks. A get-away kit is something you have that will allow you time to support and look after your pets in the heat of the moment and hopefully not place you or your animal in any further danger.

A get-away kit should be a grab and run item. Close to the door or can you accessible should the house not in able to be entered.

Your get-away kit should include:

  • Carry boxes for transporting your pets that need it.
  • Lead or rope
  • Vaccination, veterinary records, and photographs of your animals.
  • A blanket.
  • Bottled water.
  • A bowl.
  • Some food and treats.
  • Plastic bags/pooh bags.
  • Collar and large name tag, to include the animals name, address and telephone number.
  • A first aid kit for animals and a basic animal aid first aid book.

In evacuation emergencies such as the New Orleans floods, victims were unable to evacuate with their beloved pets and many choose to remain behind with their animals. If you have to leave without taking your pet it is essential the animal is micro-chipped. As it will be a lot easier to locate when you return.
The recent Christchurch earthquake had a very success relocation rate for animals that were micro-chipped.

Have a plan
If you have a plan the chances are you won’t be in the situation many found themselves in the New Orleans floods. You would have evacuated early enough or been prepared for dealing with your animals.
We want you to take your pet with you should you have to leave your home or the area. Your pet cannot survive without you and you may not be able to return to your property for several days.
The main thing is if there is time and warnings given please heed the warnings.

Pet Disaster Survival Kit
Should you have to leave or are in a situation where basis services of water, power and food are unavailable you need to be prepared. This is where a survival kit comes in handy.  You may not be in a position to get it during the initial emergency but maybe able to secure it afterwards and may be the difference in the survival of your pet.

  • A pet carrier or crate
  • Pet collar, lead and/or harness
  • Extra rope
  • Extra towels or blankets
  • Another set of pet identification documents – a collar and tag with your contact number, if your pet is not micro chipped
  • Enough food and water for seven days
  • Enough medication (if needed) for seven days
  • Extra bowls for food and water
  • A tin opener
  • Photos of your pet
  • Emergency contact list for your local authorities, vet and animal rescue centres
  • Litter tray and litter (for cats)
  • Pooh bags
  • Newspaper
  • Cleaning solution
  • Container to carry everything
  • A first aid kit for animals and a basic animal aid first aid book.

Above all, make sure you and your family are safe but always remember your pets, they deserve your attention too.

Have you got your emergency house sticker? Stickers are available from SPCA Auckland.