With the bushfire season rapidly approaching and dry weather conditions providing increased risk, animal owners are urged to plan and prepare for management of animals during and after emergencies.
Fire danger season commences in seven districts today including Eastern Eyre Peninsula, Lower Eyre Peninsula, Mid North, Murraylands, Riverland, West Coast and Yorke Peninsula.
To assist animal owners, organisations and businesses plan for dealing with animals during an emergency, the State Government has released a comprehensive guide – The Managing Animals in Emergencies Framework.
The framework provides a guide on key issues including the responsibilities of animal owners in emergencies, and the services and assistance available for animals.
Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone is calling on animal owners to plan ahead, particularly during extreme weather events.
"It is important to plan for the welfare of your animals during an emergency through your property Bushfire Survival Plans, as the consequences of not doing so could be fatal," said Minister Whetstone.
"Incorporating animals in your personal emergency management plan, not just your livestock but all animals under your care – including pets and assistance animals – will improve the outcomes for both you and your animals in an emergency."
Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Correctional Services Corey Wingard said pets are part of the family and it was important to include them in your Bushfire Survival Plan.
"If your plan is to leave, it’s a good idea to put together a relocation kit with the essentials, and make sure you think about your pets’ needs by packing some of their essentials like food, water and medication," he said.
"It’s also important to practice your plan and include your pets so they’re comfortable when it comes to leaving.
"For larger pets, such as livestock and horses, ensure your paddocks are prepared to limit the impact of fire on those animals."
The South Australian framework for managing animals in emergencies can be found at: www.pir.sa.gov.au/emergency_management/animal_safety_in_emergencies
For more information regarding fire danger season visit the CFS website at https://www.cfs.sa.gov.au/site/bans_and_ratings/fire_danger_season_dates.jsp