Macarthur animal owners urged to share evacuation, emergency plan stories

Macarthur animal owners urged to share evacuation, emergency plan stories

Last summer's devastating bushfire season posed a frightening question for many Macarthur families - how can I safely take my pets with me if I need to evacuate?

Greater Sydney Local Land Services wants to hear from people who have had to consider this very question for a new campaign encouraging locals to factor in their pets when they form emergency management plans.

Local Land Services officer Linda Dedovic said the Animal Ready Community Working group was looking for people who owned one or more companion animal, horses or larger animals to share their stories in a video.

"We want real life examples from real life people on their experiences caring for their beloved animals in times of an emergency," she said.

"If the horror bushfire season we just had tells us anything, it's that emergencies escalate quickly and can cause huge levels of stress.

"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."

Ms Dedovic said successful videos would be used to encourage, inspire and motivate the community around being prepared to secure the safety of themselves and their furry friends 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," she said.

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

"Applications close on 30 September, I encourage people to visit our website and complete the EOI form to register their interest," she said. "It's an important cause."