Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness

Everyone has the potential to be impacted by an emergency or disaster. Are you prepared? Wondering how and where to get started? Here are some basics to get started preparing for both you and your animals.

Tornado Season is Upon Us

Author: Kayla Wells DVM, MPH, DACVPM

Lengthening days and warmer weather bring spring storms.  With tornado season upon us, now is the time to go through your Go Bag, update medications, swap out for warm weather clothing, and update documents.  In our previous posts, we laid the groundwork for building your own Go Bag and first aid kit.  Hopefully, you have started this, and are ready for the next step in disaster preparedness. 

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Cold Weather Prep

Author: Kayla Wells DVM, MPH, DACVPM

Winter has arrived in many parts of the country. For many, this means months of snow and below freezing temperatures. Here are a few things you can do to prepare yourself and your animals to get through as comfortably as possible.

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Hurricane Preparation

Author: Kayla Wells DVM, MPH, DACVPM

 

This has been an unprecedented year for hurricanes.  The generally accepted “hurricane season” is June through November, with September being the peak of the season.    The 2017 onslaught began with Hurricane Harvey, followed Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria.  Here are some suggestions for preparing for these types of storms.

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Biosecurity

Author: Kayla Wells DVM, MPH, DACVPM

The purpose of biosecurity is to prevent infectious diseases from coming into the herd or flock.  Knowing the types of disease present in the area will help to determine the types of protocols that will need to be in place for each type of operation.

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First Aid Basics

Author: Kayla Wells DVM, MPH, DACVPM

No one wants to deal with a medical emergency. They are never planned, and always seem to occur at the least opportune time. Here are some ways you can minimize the impact, and probably improve the outcome if you are prepared.

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Evacuation Prep

Author: Kayla Wells DVM, MPH, DACVPM

No one wants to think about the day when they will have to leave the security of their own home because of an impending threat.  Being prepared will ensure that you have everything that you need to make the best of the situation until you can return home.

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Go Bag Basics

Author: Kayla Wells DVM, MPH, DACVPM

What is a Go Bag?  Each kit will be tailored to the needs of the situation, including medical conditions, weather conditions, and expected length of the emergency. The first 72 hours of an emergency are very chaotic, and you need to be able to care for yourself and your animals.

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Disaster Preparedness

Author: Kayla Wells DVM, MPH, DACVPM

There are some basic measures to take for disaster preparedness, regardless of the types of animals you have.  We will start here with some of the basics, then cover species specific preparations on our other pages.

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