Protecting your pet from storms and cyclones
For many Australians, tropical storms and cyclones 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.
Watch powerful powerful “collar cam” footage of a distressed dog roaming around after a disaster
Thunderstorms are short-lived, but they can be dangerous. They can cause your pet to feel anxious. Take the following precautions to keep your pet calm and safe.
- If possible, bring your pet inside during thunderstorms and supervise them
- Many animals are unsettled by thunderstorms and they will feel safer in your company
- If your pet is outside, take care to secure gates as they may run away if afraid.
If you live in an area at risk from tropical cyclones, ask your local council where your closest evacuation centre is and whether it allows pets.
- Prepare a kit that includes provisions of food, water and medical supplies for your pet.
- If a cyclone warning is issued, move your pet inside or to a safe place
- After a cyclone, keep your pet away from hazards such as fallen electricity lines, debris or polluted water
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.