Emergency planning for pets, livestock and zoos
Have you prepared the animals in your care for disasters?
What would you do about your animals in the event of fire, flooding, earthquakes, war etc?
These organisations have information about ways to help prepare yourself & your animals. Wherever you are in the world, they can be helpful, whether the advice is coming from the US, Australia, the UK - wherever. Be prepared, and don't wait for disaster to strike before you consider what to do. Remember, you may literally have just a few minutes to get yourselves and your animals out.
The Humane Society has a very helpful FAQ which is well worth a read. Come up with your own plan of how you would evacuate - what would you need for yourself and your animals to help you through several days?
There's plans for evacuating cats (domestic, not wild) at Cat World (Australia)
The AVMA has info for vets and their practices
Advice on how to care for pets during and after earthquakescan be found at Ark Animals on California Earthquakes & Pet Preparedness Tips
The Humane Society has information on disaster preparedness here for farm animals, including how to make a pet disaster kit, as does Colorado State University for horses in the event of wildfires. Again, many have tips which are as relevant to farmers and smallholders outside of the USA. The HSI has lots of information on Barn Fires, sheltering farm animals, what to put in a kit, and why you need to be prepared.
The Zoo and Aquarium All Hazards Partnership provides "resources for enhancing preparedness for and resiliency to all-hazards that may impact facilities caring for exotic animals and wildlife".
It goes without saying that laws will differ from one part of the world to another. However, the basic stuff you need to do to be ready to care for your animals is the same. Be ready. And make sure your animals are microchipped so that if you do get separated and they survive, you can be reunited.
Some charities helping with disaster management are:
Articles to read
Disaster preparedness plans become increasingly critical worldwide from the Humane Society of the United States