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Building an ARC in the mountains: a community-led initiative to build an animal-ready community (ARC) in the NSW Blue Mountains to provide a template for similar activities

TitleBuilding an ARC in the mountains: a community-led initiative to build an animal-ready community (ARC) in the NSW Blue Mountains to provide a template for similar activities
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsTaylor, M, McCarthy, M, Bigelow, J
Conference NameAFAC17
Date Published09/2017
PublisherBushfire and Natural Hazards CRC
Conference LocationSydney
Abstract

Responsibility for animals in emergencies lies with the owner. However, owners are often underprepared and have not planned for their animals, or themselves. This can lead to late evacuation, failure to evacuate, or risky acts trying to rescue, return to, or save animals. These situations can jeopardise public and responder safety and, as seen in several recent natural disaster events, loss of both human and animal lives. The loss of animals in disasters, often in extremely traumatic circumstances, can severely impede owner recovery, through loss of livelihoods, reductions in social capital, and enduring (disenfranchised) grief. Research in the United States has found that grief responses to loss of a pet can be equivalent to the loss of a sibling or family member (for example, Archer, 1997). Despite this evidence-base, there is still a tendency in emergency management to ignore or underestimate the significance of animal emergency management (AEM) as a legitimate area for mainstream consideration.

Refereed DesignationNon-Refereed

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