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The Preparedness and Evacuation Behaviour of Pet Owners in Emergencies and Natural Disasters

Taylor, M., Lynch, E., Burns, P., and Eustace, G.. (2015). The Preparedness and Evacuation Behaviour of Pet Owners in Emergencies and Natural Disasters. Australian Journal of Emergency Management. 30(2).

The authors examined 352 Australian pet owners' preparedness levels and evacuation behavior from a bush fire or flood. Over 80% kept their pets with them and a third felt "not really prepared’"or "unprepared" for the disaster. The authors emphasize the commitment people have to their pets and the need for emergency planners to engage with pet owners to ensure adequate planning.
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