and crisis events impact upon the lives of millions of
people each year. Within minutes, a disaster can unexpectedly tear
apart a community or place of work and change the lives of the
people it affects forever. How well prepared is your Zoo (or place
of work) for a disaster?
personally experienced a disaster which not only saw the loss of my
place of work and many of the animals I cared for, but also my heritage listed home "Rock Valley
Homestead" and all of my personal possessions,
including an extensive natural history library. One of only two
books to survive was a copy of "Resources for Crisis Management in
Zoos and Other Animal Care Facilities" (AAZK, 1999) which I had lent
to a colleague!
& Emergency Planning Guidelines" have been written in an effort to help others
prepare for the unexpected.
These guidelines have been drawn from
first hand experiences gained at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, along
with almost three decades of experience working in the zoological
understand what to expect and plan towards minimising the impacts
before disaster strikes!
It is not a matter of "if" a disaster will strike - simply a
question of "when".