Protecting your pet from floods
For many Australians, torrential rain and flooding are a reality of the summer months. While some people have a disaster survival plan in place, they don’t always include their pets. This can result in losing valuable time and making last minute decisions when a disaster occurs.
If the worst happens, having a plan in place for your pet will mean you can be prepared, act early and stay safe. Our free Disaster Packs include a complete checklist of emergency survival items and important information to prepare a disaster plan for your pet.
The Queensland floods, 2011
The Queensland Floods of 2011 were deadly for both people and pets. They claimed the lives of 33 people and countless pets, farm animals, and wildlife. From one of the worst hit areas, the Lockyer Valley southwest of Brisbane, a survivor recounts the sudden devastation.
Being prepared for a disaster could save the lives of your pets, yourself and your family.
Floods can isolate households and make it necessary for you to take care of your pet and family until assistance is available.
Find out from your local council if your property is at risk from flooding
If your plan is to evacuate your pets, know the location of higher ground and consider how you will move your pets
If your pet comes into contact with flood water, ensure they are cleaned immediately, as the water could contain harmful chemicals
Pets are your responsibility
Across Australia, animal welfare laws require owners of animals, and those in charge of animals, to take all reasonable steps to ensure that the physical, health and behavioural needs of the animals are met. Legislation generally bases these requirements on the Five Freedoms.
1. Freedom from hunger and thirst
2. Freedom from pain, injury and disease
3. Freedom from fear and distress
4. Freedom to express normal behaviour
5. Freedom from discomfort
In a disaster these Five Freedoms for animals must still be met. This means you are legally responsible for your pet in a disaster. Not all evacuation centres accept animals. It is vital to prepare a disaster plan for your pet so that you can act early and stay safe when a disaster strikes.