Monday, November 28, 2011
At the Ready
A word from the South West President of Fawna who is Heading the incident control management.
I am glad people like Peter got a sleep yesterday after long shifts at the engine room. I am struggling with only minimal hours sleep and I have not had the other stresses of fumes and lives hanging off my actions and so on.
Thanks everyone out there helping in their own way, it is appreciated. We have some medical supplies coming in by donation and also we have funded local aquisitions to establish triage capability. The triage team is on the roll and thanks to all who will be in it including Flic (on mat leave). Donna through me will coordinate the process and Bev has the majority of the hardware we need at her place at the ready. I have started action on long term establishment of our resouces as this is not the last fire we will see and need a speedier response time in future.
Peter is waiting on the go ahead for the sweep through DEC channels and also hoping to be given leave to be the designated officer to head the onground action. I am talking today with the minister and some media all going well and finalising with Linda lists of who is doing what where etc. This will be out asap but in the meantime.
Things change so we need everyone who has already said yes to reconfirm and more volunteers to throw their hat in the ring to help eg Transport, caring for wildlife, veterinary experience/quals, sweep capability/willingness, other duties(collecting boxes for movement of animals, collection of pillowslips and towels and getting them ready - asking shops and the likes of vinnies etc)...everyone can do this now and it is urgent!!!!
If you can take animals, please disinfect your cages now and confirm what and how many you can take. Be prepared!!
Finally, we will have a bulletin out when we hear of action places and times so read your email before 5-00pm tonight. We may have a meeting tonight for all who will be involved if we can go tomorrow.
AND ..... I know people are doing all they can to help and it is really appreciated, BUT please let me know daily of your actions and outcomes and plans. We cannot have uncordinated action which can lead us into trouble. A smoothe operation needs coordination and as I am it, please all details to me as often as you can but at least daily! I also need to approve all actions.
"As you are aware there have been massive fires in the south west and especially in and around Margaret River and Nannup. FAWNA is involved as much as it can be at present and when it is safe and clear, a large number of volunteers will do walk throughs to find and deal with injured wildlife.
In the meantime any wildlife that is found by the public should be sent to a vet for an examination. There is no cost to members of the public for wildlife.The animals will then be distributed to carers for recovery work and much later release.
Due to the nature of burns, there will need to be dressings and pain killers etc. administered and an increase in the need for food foraging and other costs. Anyone can help by making a donation to FAWNA to be earmarked for emergency funds and fire relief costs. Clean towels and cages could also be a big help.
Contact FAWNA either via the web www.fawna.com.au or email or by phone if you can assist..0438 526 660. The best way to transport wildlife is in a cool car (A/C on) in a closed box or wrapped in a towel or sheets etc. Lightly sprinkled water over the towel may also help.
All help is appreciated. FAWNA volunteers will do all they can but the general public can help enormously also.