Oklahoma Tornado Update – May 23

As Oklahoma begins recovering from this week’s devastating tornadoes, the AVMA’s Veterinary Medical Assistance Teams (VMAT) remain on standby and ready to assist with animal emergency response efforts if requested by the State of Oklahoma. The AVMA continues to monitor the situation through daily update calls with our fellow National Animal Rescue and Sheltering Coalition (NARSC) members, state and federal response agencies. Oklahoma’s state and local response animal organizations have been doing an excellent job managing the response.

If your veterinary practice was damaged by the storm or if you are providing veterinary medical care to animals affected by the storm, the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) has disaster grants available to help with some of the costs.

The AVMA Professional Liability Insurance Trust (AVMA PLIT) has contacted individual business insurance and professional liability policyholders in Moore, Oklahoma, and its carriers have claim professionals standing by to assist members around the clock. A list of carriers (property/liability, workers’ compensation, and animal bailee), their toll-free claims numbers and website links, as well as links to risk management tools for severe weather and catastrophes, can be found on the PLIT claim reporting page.

Emergency procedures implemented by AVMA Group Health Life Insurance Trust (AVMA GHLIT) to help its medical plan members include special accommodations for those requiring early prescription refills because their medications were lost or damaged, or whose mail-order prescriptions cannot be refilled. These procedures will be in place through June 17, 2013. For more information on emergency prescription refills and other special accommodations for other insurance coverages, please visit the GHLIT website or call GHLIT at (800) 621-6360. Express Scripts, which provides prescription drug coverage for GHLIT medical plans, can be reached at (800) 899-2619.

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