Committee on Disaster and Emergency Issues - Entity Description

The Committee on Disaster and Emergency Issues was established in November, 2001 by the Executive Board.

The purpose of the Committee is to address the veterinarian's role in emergency and disaster issues; to address the effects of disasters on animal health, public health, and the veterinary profession; to contribute to the development of AVMA position statements on disaster and emergency issues that affect the veterinary profession; and to develop guidelines for the veterinary profession to use regarding various aspects of disaster situations.

Charge/Objective

  1. Identify and prioritize for AVMA support, legislation, regulation, and public policy relating to disaster issues that have an impact on the veterinary profession.
  2. Identify specific areas in which the AVMA needs to call upon its resources, influence, and alliances to cause needed action. Such action might include, but not be limited to, legislative, research, public relations, and continuing education efforts.
  3. Identify veterinarians and other professionals with needed expertise for presentations and other forums that help further educate the veterinary profession regarding disaster-related topics and issues.
  4. Provide information to the membership to enable them to make informed decisions about disaster issues in their communities.
  5. In conjunction with allied groups, agencies, and other entities, address established and emerging disaster issues relevant to the veterinary profession.
  6. Propose and monitor AVMA disaster program policy and priorities including its budget, its relationship with AVMF, and other agencies.
  7. Coordinate with all facets of public, private, and government sectors to facilitate the integration of veterinary issues into emergency management plans.

Membership, Method of Appointment, and Representation

The committee shall consist of ten members who have established experience and expertise in disaster preparedness and emergency issues. The members are designated as follows: 1 each from VMAT (who is a member of the VMAT Program Leadership Committee), food animal practice (the individual must have expertise and experience in disaster preparedness and emergency issues), small animal practice (the individual must have expertise and experience in disaster preparedness and emergency issues), federal or state public health agency, Committee on Environmental Issues, poultry medicine (the individual must have expertise and experience in disaster preparedness and emergency issues), equine practice (the individual must have expertise and experience in disaster preparedness and emergency issues), the uniformed services, a state veterinarian who is active in disaster-related issues, and the American Veterinary Medical Foundation Board of Directors (non-voting member). There shall be an Executive Board liaison representative to the committee.

Committee members will be appointed by the Executive Board for three-year terms, with a maximum of two terms, except that the representatives from the Committee on Environmental Issues and the AVMF Board of Directors will be appointed by those entities.

Chair

The committee will select a chair from among its members.

Meetings

Meetings are to be held twice a year in Schaumburg, IL at AVMA Headquarters.

Funding

Travel expenses are authorized in accordance with the AVMA Travel Policy.

Reports

The committee will advise and report to the AVMA Executive Board.