Don’t for­get a plan for the pets

In the event of an emer­gency or dis­as­ter, you should be pre­pared well in ad­vance

Isis Town and Country - - Kolan News - By KEL­LIE BOL­STAD, ACT­ING LO­CAL CON­TROLLER GIN GIN SES

PET EMER­GENCY PLAN

CHECK with your lo­cal coun­cil and other agen­cies on pos­si­ble haz­ards, lo­cal emer­gency plans and what ar­range­ments are in place re­gard­ing tem­po­rary an­i­mal shel­ters dur­ing times of ma­jor emer­gen­cies or dis­as­ters.

You may have to move your an­i­mals first, for safety. It may not be pos­si­ble to take your pet with you to a tem­po­rary evac­u­a­tion shel­ter – plan ahead and be pre­pared.

TRAINED AS­SIS­TANCE DOGS

In most cases, trained as­sis­tance dogs will be al­lowed to stay in emer­gency shel­ters with their own­ers. Those that are ac­cepted may re­quire proper iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and proof of vac­ci­na­tion. Be pre­pared.

In­di­vid­ual needs will vary and you will need to de­cide on the best plan for your cir­cum­stances and re­gion.

Se­cure an­i­mals in­side be­fore an emer­gency event, so they do not take flight or run away.

Use a se­cure pet car­rier/cage, leash or har­ness to trans­port an­i­mals to safety.

En­sure all vac­ci­na­tions re­main cur­rent.

It may be pos­si­ble for your pet to be boarded in a safe en­vi­ron­ment away from the emer­gency zone.

If you are able to house your an­i­mal in a tem­po­rary foster home, en­sure your pet’s med­i­cal and feed­ing in­for­ma­tion, food, medicine and other sup­plies ac­com­pany them.

En­sure all pets are prop­erly iden­ti­fied. Re­mem­ber: dur­ing times of dis­as­ter, tele­phones may not be avail­able and it is im­por­tant any reg­is­tered method in­cludes your cur­rent ad­dress.

Have a cur­rent pho­to­graph. This may as­sist in iden­ti­fy­ing you as the le­gal owner.

PET EMER­GENCY KIT

En­sure your pet emer­gency kit is easily ac­ces­si­ble and in­cludes:

med­i­ca­tions (for up to two weeks), med­i­cal and vac­ci­na­tion records and vet­eri­nar­ian de­tails.

suf­fi­cient food (in­clud­ing treats) and bot­tled wa­ter for each an­i­mal, for up to two weeks. Don’t for­get the can opener if you have tinned food.

a fa­mil­iar pet blan­ket or bed­ding, toys, groom­ing equip­ment.

a se­cure pet car­rier, leash or har­ness to move any an­i­mals to safety.

con­sider your an­i­mal’s san­i­ta­tion needs – im­por­tant for their (and your) health – such as news­pa­per, pa­per tow­els, dis­in­fec­tant, rub­bish bags.

birds must eat daily – put spe­cial food and wa­ter dis­pensers in bird cages and have a cover for the cage.

de­tails of iden­ti­fi­ca­tion meth­ods.

a cur­rent pho­to­graph of each pet for iden­ti­fi­ca­tion pur­poses.

record im­por­tant tele­phone num­bers, such as: vet­eri­nar­ian, pet in­for­ma­tion and ad­vi­sory ser­vices.

For more info, visit www.ge­tready.qld.gov.au

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