AVMA VMAT on Standby for Isaac

With Tropical Storm Isaac expected to strengthen into a hurricane later today affecting a large portion of the Gulf Coast the AVMA is taking part in national preparations with disaster planning officials. Our Veterinary Medical Assistance Teams (VMAT) are on standby ready to deploy if needed to assist with veterinary medical care of animals affected by the storm.
In addition the AVMA has reached out to the local Veterinary Medical Associations in several states in the storm’s path to offer our assistance—for now we are on standby awaiting any specific requests. Beginning today we will participate in daily update calls with our national disaster planning partners — NARSC, NASAAEP and government officials — and will keep you posted as we learn more.
Also remember we have preparedness materials available on our website for veterinarians, disaster planners and the public.
Don’t forget to follow our AVMAVMAT feed on Twitter for 24/7 updates.

Stay safe and well.

2 thoughts on “AVMA VMAT on Standby for Isaac

  1. Thank you for your comment, Dr. Flynn. We agree that debriefing responders following a response is a very valuable learning opportunity. It helps everyone learn what worked well and what can be improved to prepare for next time.

    We would welcome updates from veterinarians directly affected by Isaac. You can post your updates on this blog entry. If your practice is affected by Isaac and you need assistance, check out the AVMF’s disaster grant program.(http://www.avmf.org/whatwedo/disaster-related-grants/)

    We strongly urge veterinarians and veterinary technicians not to self-deploy to a disaster. It is dangerous for you and the responders in the field and it can have liability and licensure implications. Veterinarians and veterinary technicians interested in helping with disaster response efforts should check with state and local emergency management agencies and animal health authorities for volunteer opportunities.

  2. I would hope that the AVMA would debrief not only the VMAT teams but also the veterinarians affected by Isaac. The debriefing should also include any veterinary volunteers that self deploy. There is always something to be learned from each disaster