Have you ever considered what to do in case of a flooding or barn fire? How can you prepare yourself for such a catastrophic event? What can you do as a veterinarian, farmer or competent authority? What can you possibly do with your animals in times of distress? In collaboration with i.a. the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, national Security Regions and several international partners, these issues are being addressed by Joris Wijnker. Both on a practical and operational level, but also via research (several papers available) and education (both students and professionals). The development of a clear perspective on what to do under these circumstances and resilience for those people involved, but also the preservation of animal welfare, are key elements in this process.