End User representatives
Consideration of animals (pets, commercial animals, livestock and other animals, including wildlife) can impact on people’s decision making and behaviour during natural disasters, which may cause issues for the safety of both the public and emergency responders.
In Australia, despite increasing levels of interest and activity in this area, there is a general lack of integration of animal emergency management in the emergency management system and no nationallyagreed approach.
Communities frequently perceive gaps in animal emergency management response and this leads to emergent informal volunteering to rescue or move animals. Sometimes this occurs in risky conditions and by well-intended, but chaotic means, and can add to the workload or distract official response agencies at critical times.
This project is identifying best practice approaches to the management of animals in disasters that result in improved outcomes for public safety, longer term mental and physical health of emergency services responders, those with animal-related businesses, community members and their communities.
The project has focused on the experiences and issues around the integration of informal volunteers into animal emergency management, using the 2015 Sampson Flat bushfire in South Australia as a case study. In the next phase, researchers will work with the Tasmania Fire Service and its Bushfire Ready Neighbourhoods program, as well as communities impacted by the 2013 Blue Mountains bushfires.
The project is developing prototype support tools to assist operational response, communication and professional development. These include training resources, guidelines, or engagement materials.
Outputs have included three peer-reviewed publications and two peer-reviewed conference papers, 14 conference presentations, and two stakeholder workshops, plus a regular newsletter and promotion on social media.
The Managing Animals in Disasters project (MAiD) is seeking to identify and build best practice approaches to animal welfare emergency management to enable engagement with animal owners and other stakeholders in disasters/emergencies.
The Managing Animals in Disasters project (MAiD) is seeking to identify and build best practice approaches to animal emergency management to enable engagement with animal owners and other stakeholders in disasters and emergencies.
This project is leveraging current initiatives, programs and research on prevention and preparedness by providing complementary research on the impact of animals on response and recovery, both for the community and responders.
|Child-centred disaster risk reduction||Prof Kevin Ronan||CQUniversity|
|Improving the role of hazard communications in increasing residents’ preparedness and response planning||A/Prof Jennifer Boldero||University of Melbourne|
|Connecting communities and resilience: A multi–hazard study of preparedness, response and recovery communications||Prof Vivienne Tippett||Queensland University of Technology|