Preparing for emergencies and extreme conditions should be part of everyday business for animal owners and primary producers. While the summer months present the most likely period of significant challenges, we have seen in recent years that issues such as floods, frost and heat can strike when not expected.
The focus of the information in this section is about preparing for bushfires and developing a plan to manage you animals. Animal owners and carers are responsible for planning and providing for the needs of animals in their charge.
Bonds between people and animals strongly influence decision-making in times of emergency and animal carers may risk their lives when protecting their animals. You can reduce the impacts and risks for both humans and animals by planning, preparing and acting on your plan. Ultimately any plan should help inform a decision on leaving animals behind in emergencies and to make necessary arrangements.
A series of pages in this section will help you work through the planning process to consider different elements. These are written for all animals, whether it is livestock, horses or smaller pets. Everyone with any animals can learn from this information and have a plan for when an emergency strikes. We have some specific pets in emergencies information.
Lifestyle farmers, horse owners and rural property owners
We have some specific horses and emergencies information. In addition to this we have a great video which gives tips based on the experiences of horse owner who went through Black Saturday.
Making a plan
To make an emergency plan for you and your animals, read through this series of pages that will help you assess what to do and make decisions accordingly in advance.