CDEI Emergency Management Roadmap

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Goal

The goal of the AVMA’s Emergency Management Program is to encourage and foster veterinary leadership and guidance in local, state and federal efforts within the United States in preparation for: disasters and emergencies involving animals, animal and public health, and other veterinary issues.

Objectives

The objective of this program is to advocate for appropriate support for all veterinary aspects of disaster and emergency situations within the United States.

Responsibilities

The AVMA staff with oversight and input by the Committee on Disaster and Emergency Issues, is responsible for the coordination of information and people in order to advance all species/all hazards animal emergency preparedness and response. AVMA staff scope of work includes supporting policy development, education and outreach including compilation and distribution of educational materials, routine communication with membership and external customers and oversight of the Veterinary Medical Assistance Teams. . The Committee on Disaster and Emergency Issues is responsible for the creation of recommendations for consideration by the AVMA Executive Board concerning strategic guidance and fiscal and policy oversight.

Program Components

PREVENTION

  • Provide educational materials on mitigation to practitioners and their clients
  • Educate emergency managers, state veterinary associations, and veterinary students on appropriate preparedness and mitigation measures
  • In cooperation with animal stakeholders, deliver biosecurity education to practitioners and materials for their clients

DETECTION

  • Provide education on Foreign Animal Disease (FAD) awareness and reporting protocols to membership and other relevant stakeholders
  • Support efforts nationally to enhance the food safety, zoonotic disease and animal disease surveillance systems

PREPAREDNESS

GENERAL

  • Support national coalitions of animal health emergency management stakeholders to provide a world-class animal emergency management system
  • Coordinate with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Department of Health and Human Services, and Department of Homeland Security (DHHS) to rapidly identify and communicate with practitioners willing to serve in animal emergency situations
  • Assist Federal, state, tribal, and local agencies in streamlining animal health resource utilization through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) or other mutual aid agreements
  • Assist Federal, state, tribal, and local agencies in ensuring that animal health, food safety, and zoonotic disease issues are included in the National Planning Frameworks and associated documents as well as state-level emergency operations plans
  • Support infrastructure for response and recovery to incidents no matter the scope across all jurisdictions
    Foster cooperation with human medical counterparts for all phases of the program
  • Represent the membership in applicable national animal emergency and disaster planning and response committees and meeting
  • Continue to maintain and update the AVMA Disaster Preparedness Series
  • Support legislative efforts for government preparedness for animal emergencies and for funding of animal research relating to disasters
  • Support the development of standards for essential information needs for national foreign animal disease events
  • Support the development and maintenance of euthanasia and mass depopulation guidelines
  • Support the development and maintenance of carcass disposal guidelines

COMMUNICATION

  • Communicate proactively with other animal welfare stakeholders to coordinate resource allocation, and create appropriate memoranda of understanding regarding emergency response efforts
  • Disseminate information about;
    • VMAT
    • National Veterinary Response Team (NVRT)
    • USDA-APHIS National Animal Health Emergency Response Corps (NAHERC)
    • State, tribal, and local veterinary response organizations
    • Other opportunities for veterinarians in the emergency response system
  • Anticipate public affairs and social media requirements during emergencies by preparing informational responses for likely scenarios, and coordinate their review by subject matter experts

VMAT SUPPORT

  • Assist in the recruitment, training, development, and oversight of the VMAT program
  • Work to develop, support, and maintain policy for VMATs that defines their mission, organization, training requirements, and utilization
  • Sustain continued VMAT sponsorship through direct funding from AVMF/AVMA
  • Explore other sustainable funding opportunities to support VMAT programs

All HAZARDS, ALL SPECIES RESPONSE AND RECOVERY

  • Provide assessment assistance to the veterinary community and the local communities following a disaster
  • Guide potential requesting organizations in VMAT request procedures and educate them about their capabilities
  • Work with AVMF to appropriately target needs for AVMF grants
  • Assist public and private sectors in communications with veterinarians during emergency response and recovery efforts
  • Provide educational material to members and stakeholders during an incident
  • Work with the incident public information officer to provide information through appropriate media to the public during a real or perceived incident
  • Assist in providing information on the status of recovery to veterinarians in the affected area(s)
  • Coordinate appropriate after action reviews, recommendations, and education on how to improve mitigation, prevention, protection, recovery, and response efforts