Don’t forget to pack the dog

Don’t forget your pet in times of emergency

Central Coast animal lovers are being asked to share their experiences in caring for their animals in times of emergencies as part of a new campaign by the NSW Government.

It aims to remind residents to factor their pets into their emergency management plans this summer.

Greater Sydney Local Land Services officer, Linda Dedovic, said the Animal Ready Community Working group is looking for people who own one or more companion animal and/or horses or other larger animals to share their stories via video.

“If the horror bushfire season we just had tells us anything, it’s that emergencies escalate quickly and can cause huge levels of stress,” she said.

“Taking steps to be better prepared before a fire or flood is on your doorstep is the best way to keep you and your animals safe.”

Dedovic said the videos would be used to encourage, inspire, and motivate the general community around being prepared to secure the safety of themselves and their animals in the event of a crisis.

“We are looking for a range of people from a cross-section of our community, the young, elderly, cultural and linguistically diverse, those living with a disability and so on,” Dedovic said.

She said successful applicants would have their stories featured on various social media channels and web pages.

Applications close on September 30 and can be submitted through the website www.lls.nsw.gov.au.

Source:
Media Release Sept 15
Local Land Services

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