1 Sep 2014

Evacuation plan for pets

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 2:08 pm on 1 September 2014

When it comes to a fire, we are told to get out and stay out. But what if there's something precious inside a burning house which makes you reluctant or too slow to leave? Pets, they are part of the family, and to some people are treated like our children. Now firefighters are factoring in people's reluctance to leave their pets behind in a burning house. On the agenda at the Australasian Fire and Emergency Authorities Council conference is the importance of people having an evacuation plan for their pets. Mel Taylor is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Western Sydney who has been looking into the area of managing pets in a disaster