The State Government is seeking feedback from farmers, property owners, and pet owners about how they care for their animals during and after an emergency.
Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) and the State Emergency Management Committee are undertaking a project aiming to improve the management of animals during emergencies.
The project is also seeking to understand more about the type of information required to improve people’s capacity to manage animals during an emergency, and in the aftermath of an event.
The information gathered will be used to help develop a framework that will help animal owners understand their responsibilities, and where assistance may be available.
As part of the Animals in Emergencies SA Framework Project – funded by the Natural Disaster Resilience Program - feedback is being sought via the State Government’s yourSAy website until June 10, 2016.
Research and recent experience has shown many people are still failing to plan ahead for what they will do with their animals in emergency situations. Unfortunately this can lead to dangerous or fatal consequences for both animals and their owners/carers.
The Animals in Emergencies SA Framework Project will provide recommendations to the State Emergency Management Committee on ways to improve animal owners’ capacity to plan for and manage their animals in emergencies while ensuring the safety of people at all times.
Quotes attributable to Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Minister Leon Bignell
Last year’s Sampson Flat and Pinery fires resulted in the known deaths of around 73,000 animals including livestock, pets, and wildlife.
Nationally it has been recognised that the injury and loss of animals in major emergencies impact on many animal owners’ ability to recover from these events. For farmers, animal managers, and livestock owners such losses can also lead to economic hardship.
We hope this project can assist people recover from emergency events more quickly knowing that their animals are safe.
Quotes attributable to Emergency Services Minister Peter Malinauskas
When responding to an emergency, wherever possible our emergency services try to preserve the lives of pets and livestock.
This project aims to better define the roles and responsibilities of animal owners, the emergency services and other organisations during an emergency. It will also highlight what support is available, and whether the level of support currently provided could be improved upon.