Emergency Management Australia Podcast - Episode 10
July 02, 2015
Attorney-General's Department: Would you risk your life to save a pet? Australian floods and bushfires are replete with anecdotes of people risking their lives – even losing their lives – trying to save a cat or a dog. This episode focusses exclusively on animals in disaster planning. We talk to two survivors of catastrophic disasters about the role animals played in their decisions. Two researchers share findings on the challenges to emergency services of people’s bond with animals, and we talk to ACT authorities about how they’ve worked with horse owners to avoid a repeat of some of the tragedies of the 2003 Canberra firestorm. World Animal Protection talks about their part in developing national principles that help emergency management authorities address this challenge.