In order to promote greater collaboration and communication for preparedness and response within the exotic animal industry, the Zoo and Aquarium All Hazards Partnership (ZAHP) has set up a series of Virtual Preparedness Town Halls focusing on different geographical quadrants across the United States: Southeast, Southwest, Northeast, and Northwest. The design is being used as a way to manage the overall volume of each event and allow participants to make better connections with those in their geographic area.
These events are an opportunity for representatives from zoos, aquariums, managed wildlife facilities, and the emergency management sector to engage with one another, discuss key concerns and planning efforts, and answer questions regarding preparedness and response.
The first event to kick off the series will focus on the Southeast Quadrant. The agenda will include remarks from Dr. Anna Allen, Southeast Veterinary Specialist with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDACS)’s Emergency Programs Division who will share the perspectives and concerns of state personnel responsible for managing animal issues during disasters. After initial presentations, participants will be split into groups to participate in breakout discussions before coming together for share-outs and Q&A.
Please register to attend the Southeast Quadrant Virtual Town Hall at the link above. We encourage you to include questions or topics for the break-outs and Q&A in your registration. Breakout groups may be organized by state or topic depending on overall participation and topics of interest submitted.