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Standardised search markings to include animals

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posted on 27.04.2021, 23:00 by Stephen Glassey, Eric Thompson
When earthquakes and other natural hazards strike, it is not only humans that can become trapped in collapsed structures. This paper details current international practice of structural search markings used after disaster events. It also explores developing search markings to include markings for animals so that rescuers also take note of the presence and status of animals rescued from the location. Historically, companion animal owners have been known to consistently breach cordons to search for their animals. Currently, disaster search marking systems do not accommodate the rescue status of animals being removed or that are still trapped. An animalspecific search marking system is recommended and decision makers within search marking bodies should consider adoption or development of such marking systems. The availability of an animal search marking could reduce confusion during humanfocused rescue efforts and contribute to the legitimisation of technical animal rescue as an independent discipline.

History

Volume

35

Issue

1

Start Page

69

End Page

74

Number of Pages

6

eISSN

2204-2288

ISSN

1324-1540

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Acceptance Date

23/07/2019

External Author Affiliations

Code 3 Associates, USA

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Australian Journal of Emergency Management