Emergency Preparedness

Are you prepared in case of an emergency or natural disaster?

Disaster Planning Resources

AVMA Disaster Preparedness for Veterinary Practices
Are you prepared to continue practicing in the aftermath of a disaster? Disasters can occur at any time, in any place. Find out how to continue practicing veterinary medicine, continue paying your staff, and communicate with your clients.

Compendium of Veterinary Standard Precautions for Zoonotic Disease Prevention in Veterinary Personnel
This document includes the Model Infection Control Plan for Veterinary Practices, as developed by the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians (NASPHV) Veterinary Infection Control Committee (VICC).

Other Resources

What does it cost to be prepared?
Sample Business Continuity Disaster Preparedness Plan
Sample Supply Check List
Sample Insurance Form
Sample Computer Inventory Form

How can I get involved?

Michigan State Animal Response Team (SART)
SART (State Animal Response Team) is a national organization, with chapters throughout the United States. Our Michigan team is a registered 501c3, and works with a variety of governmental, industry, and private animal-related organizations, as well as your local veterinarian and professional staff. Please take a moment to explore, and learn how you can join this growing network dedicated to the education and awareness of animal needs in time of disaster.

Michigan Emergency Veterinary Network (VET NET)

VET NET is a program to provide information to Michigan veterinarians about bioterrorism and emerging animal diseases. The purpose is to create awareness about these issues so Michigan veterinarians will be prepared to recognize and respond to unusual disease events. The program is a joint effort of government, academia, and the private sector.

Veterinarians who wish to sign up can contact MDARD via fax 517/373-6015, phone 517/373-1077 or email at neaultm@michigan.gov.

VMAT (Veterinary Medical Assistance Teams)

VMAT's mission is to support the local veterinary community in whatever way necessary to help in a disaster. VMAT has the capability of setting up a full field hospital, and can provide medical care for pets, search and rescue dogs, livestock, wildlife and even zoo animals if the need arises. They may also be activated to assist with food safety concerns, zoonotic disease, terrorist events and toxicological problems.

VMATs are the only response teams recognized in the National Response Plan that provide veterinary medical treatment and address animal and public health issues resulting from natural, man-made, or any other type of disasters. VMATs are available to assist the USDA in the control, treatment, and eradication of animal disease outbreaks. VMATs must receive an invitation from the affected state in order to be deployed. The local governor may make a disaster declaration and submit a request for federal assistance. If the President then declares a disaster, federal resources are made available. It is at this point that a request for VMAT assistance can be made. If a State alone requests a VMAT, they will need to fund the response. If a Federal Disaster is declared, the Federal Government covers a large part of the cost.

Any state that is interested in establishing a relationship with VMAT can contact the AVMA Assistance Director of Emergency Preparedness and Response at 800-248-2862 ext. 6632 for more information.

More Information on VMAT through the AVMA.

Michigan Veterinary Medical Association

2144 Commons Parkway
Okemos, MI 48864-3986




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