RSPCA operations manager Daniel Young is getting the word out that pets can get scared during the sort of storms we experience in south-east Queensland.
RSPCA operations manager Daniel Young is getting the word out that pets can get scared during the sort of storms we experience in south-east Queensland. Rob Williams

Storm-proof family pets

PET owners in Ipswich are being urged to make sure they are well prepared to keep their beloved furry friends safe before the storm season hits.

RSPCA inspectorate operations manager Daniel Young said when making plans for yourself, remember to plan for your pet too.

"You are better off being over cautious," Mr Young said.

"Don't leave it until the event happens because that's when you get in trouble.

"The SES and emergency services have so much to do they can't be trying to evacuate animals too.

"If you live in a flood-prone area and know you may need to move to higher ground, make sure you can take your pet with you.

"Pet owners need to ask themselves before the storms hit: Can I do this on my property or do I need to chat to neighbours beforehand?"

Mr Young said pets react differently to a range of emergency scenarios such as lightning, thunderstorms or wind.

"In the event your pet does run away, it helps if they're properly identified with current registration tags plus a microchip or a leg band for birds.

"During times of disaster, phones may not be available so it is important any registered method includes your current address."

Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ) south-east Queensland regional director Eddie Bennet said for many people, pets were a part of their extended family.

"Their needs must be included in household preparedness planning," Mr Bennet said.

"Find out what arrangements are in place regarding temporary animal shelters during times of major emergencies or disasters.

"In some cases you may be required to act early to avoid unnecessary danger and anxiety to the animal.

"This could mean taking your pets in advance to a safer shelter, whether it is with relatives, friends, at an animal boarding facility or to a temporary centre.

"It is important to remember not all evacuation centres may be able to accept animals," Mr Bennet said.

PET EMERGENCY KIT

Medications

Sufficient food

Familiar bedding and toys

A secure pet carrier

A leash or harness

Sanitation requirements

Important documents

A current photograph for identification purposes



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