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New emergency National Equine Database (NED) launched

       Jenna Kelley not only loves riding horses - she wants to make sure they are safe in emergencies too


AEL blogger Jenna Kelley never ceases to amaze us with her initiatives and her latest community project is one near to her heart as well as ours

Jenna, who was awarded the National Emergency Medal for her work in the 2009 Victorian fires known as 'Black Saturday', is a keen horse rider and lover. Her experience during Black Saturday and other fires she has attended as a CFSA volunteer led her to create the Walking Forward Disaster Relief Team in 2012

Now Jenna has persuaded Victoria’s Emergency Management Commissioner Craig Lapsley that there is a sad lack of safe refuge facilities for animals during evacuation from bushfire and other emergencies. From this, the National Equine Database (NED) has been created as a partnership between the CFA and Walking Forward Disaster Relief Team

The recently launched database provides a link between horse owners requiring refuge to landholders who can temporarily house animals

Victoria currently has nine NED sites listed, but, if we know Jenna, this will soon grow throughout Australia and hopefully a sponsor can be found to contribute towards the ongoing costs of the project

To register with the NED site or find out more information, visit