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Enhancing operational preparedness to deal with animal Issues in the event of a major incident - CB0466

Previous work has highlighted the need to
• Identify policy gaps in managing animal issues (mainly welfare) as a consequence of a major incident (natural or man made, including CBRN) .
• Consider scenarios designed to highlight challenges and impacts, e.g. where significant population evacuation is/is not required and response takes place over a prolonged timescale.
• Clarify policy, advisory and operational response and recovery roles and responsibilities for managing different types of animal issues in an incident.
• Develop communications strategies and template messages to support preparation, response and recovery activities
• Develop briefing materials for key decision makers at various stages of response and recovery timelines.
• Consider mechanisms for maintenance of best practicable welfare in a variety of scenarios
• Develop recovery plans as part of national recovery frameworks as required.
The project team will consider mechanisms for dealing with issues associated with wildlife, exotic animals, companion animals, working animals and agricultural species. A project team with expertise in animal welfare, emergency response and relevant policy, human health and policy delivery will take this work forward.
Outputs will include:
• Documented capability/responsibilities for general and specific scenarios
• Planning assumptions for a major incident, gap analysis and outline plan development to overcome gaps
• A voluntary sector engagement plan
• Communications and briefing strategies (including communications templates for rapid use)
• Decision support tool development (flow charts, background information etc.) as required.
• Immediate response plan (interim utilisation of panel expertise in an emergency whilst work in hand)
• Desktop exercises and acting on lessons learned
• Q&A development
Wider stakeholder engagement will be sought and understanding of current roles and responsibilities documented.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2011

To: 2013

Cost: £57,911
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Fields of Study
Chemicals and Nanotechnology