The Hunter Wildlife Rescue (NATF) Disaster Relief Team operates search and rescue of distressed and injured wildlife after natural and man-made disasters including bushfires, storms and floods, oil spills or heat stress events.
Members will be alerted to a potential natural disaster and to be on standby. Activation of the Hunter Wildlife Rescue (NATF) Disaster Search and Rescue Unit in in line with DPII Emergency Animal Service Plan. The Disaster Relief Team works alongside DPII; SES; RFS; NPWS; VRA; Energy Australia; Local Councils; Rangers
When DPI informs the Disaster Coordinator that the area is safe, the Disaster Communications Officer will call for volunteers from the membership to participate wildlife disaster relief including:
1. Field search and rescue
2. Transportation of injured wildlife to vets and approved rehabilitators
3. Allied support ie general assistance setting up base; picking up water and food supplies; making lunches for search and rescue volunteers and delivering to field base.
4. Administration support and donation coordination.
Donations, monetary and in-kind, are needed in order to oversee further Search & Rescue operations of any future bush fires or other disasters. In-kind donations can include towels, sheets, socks, obsolete cages or aviaries.
Tax deductible donations to support the work of Disaster Relief can be sent to:
Friends of the Native Animal Trust Fund
PO Box 1052
Toronto NSW 2283.