In early September 2014, Infectious
Disease Committee and Disaster Preparedness Committees were advised that EC
desired merging of Disaster Preparedness into Infectious Disease. This change was recommended by EC due to a
not infrequent cause for disaster preparation being an infectious disease.
Infectious Disease Committee
Co-Chair, Disaster Preparedness: Yvonne Nadler
Co-Chair, Disaster Preparedness: J Jill Heatley
Purpose of the sub-committee of the AAZV Infectious Disease Committee is to support members in disaster preparedness efforts through continuing education opportunities, development of templates for planning/response, web resources, etc. The purpose of the committee does NOT include rostering veterinarians for deployment or technical disaster response.
Committee Members: We currently have 37 members signed up on the AAZV Website Group for Disaster Preparedness Committee. Committee communication is driven through this website feature. To join the group, submit a request to join on the group page.
ZAHP Fusion Center News:
The ZAHP Fusion Center (a Cooperative Agreement between USDA Animal Care and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums) continues to work with stakeholders across the zoological community and Emergency Management to better integrate our collections and facilities into recognized response structures for natural disasters and Foreign Animal Disease events.
ZAHP assists facilities by participating in local and regional meetings between facilities and Emergency Management, where we discuss our unique needs. Several state level (Oregon, Texas, North Carolina, California) and local meetings bring large and small facilities together to discuss such subjects as mutual aid, training and credentialing.
ZAHP also plans a soft roll-out of the Secure Zoo Strategy (SZS) in the Fall of 2018. SZS is a business continuity platform, aligned with the Secure Food Supply programs, which are driven by the agricultural industries to combat loss of business in the event of Foreign Animal Disease. The participation of AAZV veterinarians, agricultural experts and regulatory officials have made this first version of SZS possible.
Visit the ZAHP website, zahp.aza.org for more information on ZAHP projects.
“ZAHP” loosely stands for Zoo and Aquarium All Hazards Preparedness Response and Recovery
Member Information on Disaster Preparedness
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