Don’t think it can’t happen to you. If you’ve been reading the AVMA’s Animal Health SmartBrief lately, you’re probably aware that more than 150 horses and other animals had to be treated after being evacuated or rescued from the severe wildfires in Colorado. Whether it’s record-setting wildfires, historic tornado outbreaks or hurricanes, weather-related emergencies and other disasters – both natural and man-made – can leave anyone battered, both professionally and personally. That’s why the AVMA makes it a priority to help you prepare.
A newly launched AVMA webpage is designed to assist veterinarians in their efforts to make sure they’re prepared when crisis strikes. Knowing that veterinary practices vary dramatically in size, type and location, we have assembled a wide variety of resources to meet the diverse emergency planning and preparedness needs of all types of practices and clinics. We want to help you create an emergency plan that is tailored to your individual needs and circumstances.
Whether you need guidance in creating a disaster plan or just want to review and update an existing plan, our resources can help you assess your needs, learn about risks and hazards your practice might face, determine how to overcome or mitigate potential risks, develop a contingency plan and enhance your ability to recover. Please take a look at the page today. You never know when you may need to rely on an emergency plan, so no time is better than now to start preparing.