Pet safety and welfare
For emergencies or disasters, advice is available from the Department of Primary Industries about animal care services.
If you’re a pet owner you ensure the following, before emergency warnings are issued:
- Include your animals in household emergency plans.
- Your pets need to be properly identifiable. For example, name tag and microchip. It is a legal requirement for NSW residents to microchip and register their pets.
- Be aware that some evacuation centres may not accept animals, so you will need to plan alternative shelter.
- Keep a list of emergency contacts handy.
If you're moving animals to a safer place, do so early to avoid unnecessary risk and ensure there is access to plenty of food and water. If you're staying at home, keep animals in a secure location so they can't escape.
During an emergency
If you have to leave your pets behind during an emergency:
- Leave your pets indoors if possible.
- Place pets in separate rooms with small, or preferably no windows.
- Provide adequate food and water in large heavy bowls.
- Do not tie them up if they need to be left outside.
Do not risk human life trying to find or protect pets.