You can help prepare!
Join the MVMA Disaster and Emergency
(previously MVMRC -Minnesota Veterinary Medical Response Corp)
Support the MDEPC - see DONATIONS below
This presentation discusses the impact of disaster on animals and pet owners, and suggests planning and response solutions. Attendees will learn the many reasons to include animal disaster services in personal, business, and government plans and actions, as well as the challenges and solutions to help ensure an effective response.
The MVMA Disaster and Emergency Preparedness Committee was first established in 2004 by the Board of Animal Health to prepare for animal disease emergencies. It was soon realized that the Veterinary Reserve Corps could be asked to perform as an “all-hazards”, “all-emergencies” group. It then became a program of the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association. Examples of possible missions include: disease outbreaks; radiological monitoring and decontamination of pets; responding to natural disasters in support of animals; and public education.
The Corps may be asked to respond
to environmental disasters such as floods, fires, tornados and blizzards or
other disasters such as radiological contamination or chemical spills.
Members could be called upon to
assist with animal care and treatment, evacuation, vaccination, specimen
collection, decontamination, euthanasia, necropsy, collecting epidemiological
information, supervisory or office support, or they may even be called to work
in a practice to temporarily replace someone else who has gone to assist in the
WHO: The MVMA Disaster and Emergency Preparedness Committee is comprised of members of the veterinary profession. Veterinarians, veterinary technicians, veterinary assistants, and the students of these professions are the volunteers who make the Veterinary Reserve Corps capable of responding to an emergency. In an actual emergency/disaster, the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps may integrate with other agencies or groups, whose goals or missions are similar.
WHERE: The MVMA Disaster and Emergency Preparedness Committee could be called upon to respond anywhere in the state of Minnesota. Participation in any
emergency is voluntary.
WHEN: The MVMA Disaster and Emergency Preparedness Committee could be called upon by one of many state or local agencies in the event of an emergency or asked to participate in the planning and/or training for various animal emergencies. The Minnesota Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps will only respond if asked by the agency that has jurisdiction in that emergency. The Veterinary Corps will not “self-deploy”, and will adhere to the Incident Command System.
HOW: Registering for the MVMA Disaster and Emergency Preparedness Committee is easy. Using a computer, go online, and simply type
www.mnresponds.org to fill out an application. No computer? No problem. Obtain an application from the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association. Fill out the application and return it to MVMA, 101 Bridgepoint Way, Suite 100. South St. Paul, MN 55075. Phone 651-645-7533.
QUESTIONS: Contact Dr. Mike Hannon, MVMA Disaster and Emergency Preparedness Committee Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 763-682-6869.
DONATIONS: Please see donation options below, contact the MVMF at email@example.com or call 651-645-7533 if you would like to make a contribution to the MVMRC in support of veterinary response activities. Recently, a team of veterinarians were deployed to assist in providing needed veterinary care to animals during the Red River flooding in the spring of 2009. Thank you for your support.