BARTA Sign new MOU with ICPEM

BARTA are delighted to announce a new collaboration agreement with the Institute of Civil Protection and Emergency Management (ICPEM).

In an increasingly precarious world, it is important to prepare for, mitigate, respond to, and recover from a variety of disruptive events, accidents and emergencies.

With civil protection roots pre-dating World War II, ICPEM are the oldest learned society wholly dedicated to international disaster science studies and research. ICPEM is a membership body that is frequently consulted by government and industry for its professional views whilst providing professional development and support to its members.

The Institute unites academics, policy makers and preparedness and response professionals, to benefit not just its members but the industries they work in and public communities across the world. Through promoting excellence in civil protection and emergency management ICPEM is dedicated to achieving better outcomes in disasters and emergencies for people, their property and livelihoods.

Sarah Schubert, ICPEM Chair said:

“The Institute of Civil Protection and Emergency Management are delighted to have agreed a formal partnership with British Animal Rescue and Trauma Care Association.

Wild animals, working and farm animals, and pets are increasingly exposed to emergencies. This will increase particularly as a result of climate-change related emergencies. However, this risk is often not considered. The boundaries for responsibilities are often unclear and assumptions are made. Consequently costs, cascading and compound impacts not planned for. We look forward to collaborating with BARTA to improving understanding and consideration of this across our profession.”

Frank Long, General Secretary ICPEM said:

“ICPEM are delighted to partner with BARTA as we recognise the vital importance of considering animal welfare during disasters and emergencies.

Jim Green, BARTA Director of Operations said:

“BARTA’s focus on the impact animals present to emergency planners and responders makes this a unique partnership.

We look forward to sharing learning between stakeholders and further shaping the integration of animal components within emergency management. The synergy between the organisations is clear and we look forward to next steps in developing this relationship.”