IFAW Monitors Australian Flooding
IFAW Disaster Response Manager, Dick Green, is closely monitoring the floods in Australia and has a team ready to deploy, he offers comment on the current situation:
Wrangling venomous snakes and crocodiles is not part of normal disaster response but it is a reality being faced by those dealing with the floods in Queensland, Australia.
I was in Queensland a couple of years ago providing disaster response training and I have to admit that we did not have a session on how to deal with these sort of dangers.
My main advice would be caution - we need to remember that the snakes are confused and angry as well - and like all animals are seeking refuge. If confronted stay calm and avoid sudden movements and wherever possible just steer clear!
The Australian situation is one of the worst I have monitored in recent times and sadly many animals may lose their lives in the rising waters.
As the waters recede, one of the most important things will be to provide food and vet care to some of the stranded animals and my friends at Queensland RSPCA tell me that they have the situation in hand at this point.
I have also been in touch with colleagues in northern New South Wales as the floods head south and we are poised to respond if called upon.
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