Animals respond differently to emergency situations, and may become frightened and stressed. The most important consideration in the short term is to ensure animals have access to a safe place with good quality water and food.
Consideration should be given to the following:
- Determine access to food and water, and the safety of feed and water supply.
- Dispose of perished, contaminated or water soaked foods in ways that will ensure stray or wild animals cannot eat it.
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Depending on the type and severity of the emergency, consideration must be given as to how animals can be evacuated if needed, and which is the best location to house animals for short, medium and long periods.
Consider the necessary equipment and supplies to care for animals and confinement conditions in temporary living settings.
Identify locations that facilitate access for owners to care for animals.
Timely evacuations will prevent further injuries.
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- Ensure that animals are properly identified and report escaped animals to authorities and people coordinating the disaster response.
- Evacuated animals should be located in areas where they will not be harmed by building structures, falling equipment and debris.
- Keep animals away from areas where chemical products, batteries, petrol or fuels are stored.