It is officially cyclone season and that means now is the time to start getting prepared for extreme weather during the wet season.
The Department of Primary Industry and Resources (DPIR) is reminding Territorians to plan ahead for their families, pets and any livestock they may have, including putting together a cyclone kit and having a plan in place for your animals.
DPIR Emergency Management Director Jessica Arnold said all pet and animal owners needed to be aware of what their animals required in times of an emergency and plan accordingly.
“It is important that if you own a pet or any animal, you prepare for the wet season by including them in your household emergency plan and getting your pet emergency kit ready,” Ms Arnold said.
“The plan should include where to shelter as well as identification and emergency numbers. The kit should include water, food, toys and medication.
“Have a plan, don’t wait until it’s too late!”
Director of Animal Welfare Peter Phillips said people were equally responsible for their pets at this time of year as they were for themselves.
“Every year at this time some people make holiday plans without providing for the wellbeing of their animals,” said Mr Phillips.
“All pet owners have responsibility for the welfare, health and safety of their pet—this is equally important when you are away on holiday. If you’re planning to go away, ensure your pet is well cared for.
“If your pet is not going with you on holiday, as the owner you must make appropriate arrangements for its care. This may include options such as boarding kennels, house sitters, professional home care, a reliable friend or neighbour, or an agistment service.
“Animals that are left on their own can suffer from lack of food, water and basic care, and are also at risk of serious injury.”
It is an offence under the Animal Welfare Act to breach your duty of care for your pets and could result in significant penalties.
DPIR’s tips for those traveling over Christmas are to leave instructions for your pet’s caretaker about food, shelter, health issues and vet support. Microchipping will make it easier to reunite any runaways with their loved ones.
To keep up to date with weather-related emergency information, visit www.securent.nt.gov.au and follow Secure NT on Facebook.