Sunday, November 25, 2007

NGO Security Scenario #7

You are accompanying a senior staff member from your organization's headquarters to a project site in Sri Lanka. This is the visitor's first time in-country, and he asks to stop and take photos of local wildlife. Press the play button below to see what happens next.



What actions would you take after you reached safety? What recommendations would you make to reduce the chances of something like this happening again? Based on your organization's policies and procedures, what would happen after an incident like this? Share your thoughts by clicking on COMMENTS below.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Pemba said...

Firstly, i would be totally opposed to the idea of my visitors taking pictures of wild animals at that distance because of the following reasons.
1. Elephants are totally unpredictable and
2. Am not a trained wildlife officer to read the mood of the animals once they feel threatened.

However in an event that such an incident took place, i would check that everyone was ok and still insist that we go to the hospital so that a doctor can check us all in case we are in shock. i would also file a report on the incudent and strongly recommend that on one should stop to take pictures of wild animals without the presence of a trained wildlife officer.

4:36 AM  
Anonymous Kevin Toomer said...

We actually had an event very similar to this one. An expat staff member asked the driver to stop at the side of the road so he could pee. Unfortunately they stopped near a garbage dump where habituated elephants like to feed. The elephants didn't appreciate the interloper and one charged. Fortunately no harm was done but now our drivers won't stop anywhere near the dump.

Our procedure for this would be the same as for a vehicle accident involving a continued external threat.

Kevin Toomer

7:33 PM  

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