What are your chances of surviving a disaster such as nuclear fallout, financial crisis, floods, extreme heat or even earthquakes and war? Unless you are prepared, pretty slim. Here are some vital tips and suggestions to help you improve your chances of survival
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Keeping your Pets Safe
Pets, for most people, are part of the family and require extra care and attention during a disaster. Animals often sense danger before humans and just prior or during an emergency, pets can become disorientated or panic stricken and try to go away and hide when a natural disaster occurs. In cases of a bush fire or flooding this can be disastrous for the pet that may end up lost or worse, dead.
So here are some useful tips to help keep your pet safe.
Firstly do make sure your pat or pets are micro chipped and or wearing a collar with current ID attached. The chip and collar ID should have:
Your pet's name
Your mobile number and address
Local Emergency contact information
Any special needs such as medication should be included on the collar also.
Local councils and Pet registries are available to register your pet and this can help reunite you with your pet if it becomes lost.
Pet Relocation Kit
Useful to have is a Pet Bushfire Relocation Kit. The kit should contain the following:
Your Pet Bushfire Relocation Kit should include:
Suitable Food and water. This can be dry and or tinned food.
A bowl for each pet
A second collar and lead
A carrier for cats and smaller pets
Bedding and a woollen blanket
A pet first-aid kit - seek your vet's advice
A favourite toy
Any medications, along with a written list of what they are
Your pet's medical history, including proof of vaccination
Your vet's contact details
Sometimes it is better to relocate your pet. Especially if advance warning of a disaster is available and you can deposit your pet in a safe location until the disaster passes.
With this in mind it is a good idea to make a list of possible locations to house your pet that would keep them safe from fire and floods etc.
Make a list of where you could house your pets if you decide to leave early. These can include boarding kennels, or even friend or relative's property if it is far enough away from the disaster area.
It is a good idea to practise how you will move your pets if you leave. It takes longer than you think. Sometimes you have to get them first if they are predominantly an outdoor pet.
When relocating ensure you have included the identity information and also the carrier used is secure. You do not want the pet escaping during the moving process.
Many boarding facilities require proof your pet has been vaccinated before they accept them so do ensure your pet is fully vaccinated and wormed?
Bushfires and Floods
During high risk fire days keep aware of your pets needs including extra water and food available and encourage them to stay under cover. Some pets do not realise the danger of lying in the sun and getting sunstroke as pets may not always be able to maintain their body temperature and can suffer heatstroke very easily.
Warning signs to look for include, excessive panting, salivating, pets that whine or appear agitated. Severe heat stress can cause a pet to stop panting and vomit. One should take a pet immediately to a vet if this happens.
Heatstroke, burns and injuries
Likewise, if your pet has received burn injuries or choking due to flooding they should be taken to the nearest vet clinic and be attended to. have suffer burn injuries during a fire, they must receive immediate treatment.
Many people like to keep their pets with them during a crisis. How you deal with pets should be decided before hand and this information should be included in your general survival plan. Having such things as wet blankets and towels during a bush fire can help a pet survive the heat.
Keep plenty of water to drink. Cats, which generally do not drink a lot will drink more in the hot weather or in extreme heat. If you are keeping your pets with you make sure you have a secure and safe room for them to be in. Never ever leave them alone in a car or caravan.
You can reduce heat stress by wiping your pet down with a cool damp cloth or towel. Dogs can be wetted several times of the day. You can cool cats down by gently rubbing them down with your damp hands along the back or tummy. Placing ice blocks in your pet's water bowl proves cool water tor them to drink.
As an emergency can happen at any time, it's important to prepare in advance to ensure animals are protected. This means having a pet survival kit, having the necessary contact number and so forth as described above.
It is a good idea to have an emergency check list for a list of items you should pack in preparation.
If you have been advised by emergency services to stay in your home, it is crucial that you keep your pets with you and ensure your pet emergency kit is close at hand.
Livestock and Horses
Livestock and horses are not always able to be evacuated during an emergency. If you can do so all well and good but if not you can help them by installing them in as safe a place as possible on the property ensuring that there is plenty of shade, water and feed easily available.
Remove anything that could cause a hazard for the animals including horse blankets or anything that can catch fire easily.
If you can evacuate your animals then do so as early as possible as it can take some time to move livestock.<
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For more information on disaster readiness, please contact the fire Brigade, Emergency Services and the Australian Red Cross.