In many instances for short term overnight evacuations it may be appropriate to leave certain pets safely indoors, but there will be instances when this is not an option.
If you have to evacuate your home:
- Plan ahead to ensure that your pets will have a safe place to stay and ensure your ‘grab bag’ contains the items you will need to care for your pet.
- Check with friends and/or relatives living outside your immediate area to see if they are willing and able to shelter you and your animals, or just your animals, if necessary.
- If you have to evacuate, the council has a number of animal shelters identified who will ensure your pets are well cared for during this unfortunate period. For access to this service your pet will need appropriate vaccination certificates.
If you have to remain in your home:
- Make sure your pets remain indoors with you where they are safe - remember pets can be frightened as well!
- Keep a supply of pet food and water inside watertight containers, along with other emergency supplies.
Pets are an important part of family life and therefore your emergency planning preparations should also consider their welfare. View our information leaflet 'Plan for your Animals'.