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“There is no harm in hoping for the best, as long as you are prepared for the worst!” 

Stephen King, Different Seasons

Dr Elaine Ong, Founder of VFC is an experienced wildife darter and rescuer with over 15 years experience   She and her team of Vets and nurses  have assisted in the firegrounds and floods including the Lake Epaloch floods , Fires in Framlingham , Black Saturday the Grampians and Scostburn  in 2017 . She is a volunteer consultant for Phillip Island Nature Park, and provides the park’s staff with valuable training and detailed planning on bushfire preparedness, as well as training about capturing and triaging wildlife during natural disasters.

She also assists the Australian Veterinary Association with Bushfire preparedness Planning and Protocols.

She was being one of the AVA Task Force members during Black Saturday and worked as a darter in Kinglake, Taggerty Marysville and Wallan.

We hope the work Elaine has carried out with the AVA and  PINP can be used as a blueprint for natural disaster preparedness by relevant councils and government departments as well as wildlife sanctuaries and the like.