Disaster preparedness is something we tend to put off thinking about, until there’s a disaster! The CVMA’s Disaster Response Program works to be prepared at all times, so when a disaster strikes, veterinary care is provided for the animals in its path. The CVMA Disaster Program has centered its efforts on developing the California Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps (CAVMRC), a group of veterinarians, registered veterinary technicians, and veterinary office staff who volunteer to provide emergency veterinary medical care and expertise in all phases of disaster preparedness and response.
The CVMA is calling on members to serve the profession and their communities by volunteering for the CAVMRC. Fires, earthquakes, and floods affect human lives and property, but also the welfare of pets and livestock.
Members of the CAVMRC may be asked to volunteer to lend expertise in:
- Community planning, outreach and education
- Animal vaccination clinics
- Shelter Set-Up and Management
- Connections in community
- Animal care
- Animal search and rescue*
- Bioterrorism and Zoonotic Disease Control
- Animal decontamination
- Medical equipment and supplies
- Knowledge of local community and geography
- Veterinary care of animals in emergency shelters
Practicing disaster preparedness is important at home and at work. The CVMA has information on animal preparedness online and in brochures funded by the California Veterinary Medical Foundation (CVMF). For more information on volunteering or to obtain disaster preparation brochures, us at 800.655.2862 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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