National Preparedness Month and Beyond

September is National Preparedness Month and organizations across the country have been promoting disaster preparedness. Maybe you’ve heard an ad on the radio or TV or seen a billboard.

Disaster preparedness is important year round: not just in September. It is never too early to create a disaster plan for yourself, your family, your animals, and your business. FEMA’s website has an interesting page Today is the Day Before featuring a map of the U.S with states covered in dates. Those dates represent the “day before” a major disaster impacting that state. The page changes to show the next date – the day a plan was needed. Click on a state and you can learn about the disaster that affected that state.

It’s an important reminder to have a plan in place because you never know when disaster will strike. For information on creating a plan, check out the AVMA’s disaster preparedness pages for pet owners and veterinarians and the AVMA’s disaster preparedness materials which include the AVMA’s Saving the Whole Family brochure which is available in English and Spanish.

On another note, soon I’ll be taking the emergency preparedness message international as I travel to the University of Glasgow School of Veterinary Medicine in Scotland to give presentations on emergency preparedness and response to students.

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