Flu at the Zoo I

Flu at the Zoo I

The first “Flu at the Zoo” initiative was a unique opportunity to assess preparedness for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in AZA institutions in the Midwest.

Areas for Improvement 

A peer-reviewed paper was published in the journal Homeland Security and Emergency Management in 2014.  The paper discusses how the lack of understanding of Incident Command System (ICS) was one of the major areas for improvement discovered during the exercise. Flu at the Zoo: Emergency Management Training for the Nation’s Zoos and Aquariums


Flu at the Zoo I and II were tabletop exercises, designed to promote collaboration and understanding between the zoological industries, local, state, and federal government in matters of all-hazards preparedness and response. 

Documentation from these Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) compliant exercises have been included below and may be used and adapted for individual facility use.   

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Note: If you wish to conduct your own ‘Flu at the Zoo’ HSEEP compliant exercise with your local stakeholders, it is advisable that you work with someone familiar with the process to adapt these documents to your specific needs.These documents are the final versions based upon the original 2012 and 2013 exercises.