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Before Disaster Strikes!

  1. Conduct a risk assessment
  2. Create an emergency plan

    •       Personnel roles and responsibilities                          
    •       Emergency relocation of animals                                                               
    •       Medical Record back-up
    •       Continuity of Operations
    •       Security
    •       General emergency planning
    •       Fire prevention
    •       Insurance and Legal issues 

  3. Practice and exercise the plan
     
  4. Know evacuation and shelter location
     
  5. Examples of local disasters
  •    Municipal water supply or power to practice is interrupted
  •    A fire occurs at a business next door, your business is evacuated   
  •    A technician accidentally drops a bottle of halothane   
      
    Examples of regional disasters
  •    A wildfire threatens your town and the entire county is ordered to evacuate
  •    A flash flood and thunderstorm results in impassable streets and loss of power, clean water supply is disrupted
  •    Severe weather necessitates supplemental feeding; however, roads are not drivable

For information on developing an emergency plan for veterinary clinics please download the: AVMA Emergency Preparedness & Response Guide 

https://www.avma.org/kb/resources/reference/disaster/pages/default.aspx

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