This summer we have seen major flooding in various parts of the country, with the deadly floods that recently occurred in the suburbs of Baton Rouge, Louisiana being cited as the worst natural disaster occurring in the US since Hurricane Sandy in 2012. It is critical that managed wildlife facilities plan for flooding events before they occur, and we have included a number of resources below that may be used to enhance preparedness at your facility.
- “How to Prepare for a Flood” – FEMA
- Ready.gov – Floods
- Google Crisis Maps
- Floodsmart.gov – National Flood Insurance Program: Understanding Flood Maps
- Flooding Tabletop Exercise – prepared by the ZAHP Fusion Center for the 2016 AZA Safety Summit, this walks participants through a flooding scenario to assess their facilities response.
- To do lists and tracking documents to assist during an event – provided courtesy of Lynn Cox, Occupational Health & Safety Coordinator for the Detroit Zoological Society
- The South Carolina Story: Life in the Low Country – provided courtesy of Kevin Mills, President/CEO of South Carolina Aquarium