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The challenges of managing animals and their owners in disasters : perspectives of Australian response organisations and stakeholders

journal contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by M Taylor, M McCarthy, P Burns, Kirrilly Thompson, Bradley Smith, G Eustace
This paper documents the findings of a comprehensive national survey of Australian response organisations and other relevant stakeholders involved in the management of animals and their owners in emergencies and disasters. The aim of the study was to identify and prioritise the challenges encountered by these organisations in the management of animals and animal owners. In addition, attitudes towards organisational responsibility for the management of animals in emergencies and awareness of relevant emergency response and recovery arrangements were sought.A sample of 98 respondents representing 68 organisations from all Australian states and territories were surveyed. The main challenges identified in the management of animals and their owners were in the logistics of animal management (personnel and equipment), the physical management and rescue of animals, interactions with owners during emergency response, and post-emergency impacts on the management of animals and their owners (distress and emotional issues). As would be expected, different categories of organisations and stakeholders experienced different challenges. Issues were reported across all categories irrespective of their formally-assigned roles and responsibilities in this area. - See more at: https://ajem.infoservices.com.au/items/AJEM-30-02-07#sthash.qFvTTrzu.dpuf

Funding

Category 4 - CRC Research Income

History

Volume

30

Issue

2

Start Page

31

End Page

37

Number of Pages

7

ISSN

1324-1540

Location

Australia

Publisher

Emergency Management Australia

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Appleton Institute for Behavioural Sciences; Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Queensland; TBA Research Institute; University of Western Sydney;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Australian journal of emergency management.

Exports

CQUniversity

Categories

Exports