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Animals requiring evacuation

Hazard Knowledge

A wide range of situations may require animals to be evacuated; for example, , advice to the Government by the Farm Animal Welfare Committee (FAWC) highlighted the need to co-ordinate and resource an animal rescue response in readiness for disaster or emergency.

It may be necessary to evacuate unaffected animals due to fire, flooding or presence of hazardous materials. However, in the event of flooding, it may be the case that the animals can be safely left in position, if the water surrounding them will recede or subside in a reasonable period.

If animals are in the vicinity of an incident, it may prove beneficial to evacuate the animals to an appropriate place to improve fire and rescue service access to the incident.

Evacuating animals may present hazards to members of the public and emergency responders. The behaviour of animals is likely to be very different from those exhibited in non-emergency situations.

Some animals may not be allowed to be evacuated; for example, laboratory animals may be infected with diseases that are hazardous to people.

All people involved with the evacuation, including fire and rescue service personnel, need to be clearly briefed and closely supervised until the animals have been relocated to a secure holding area.