Get ready before lava flow or another natural disaster hits home

Published on June 13, 2018

Volcanic lava The lava flowing through homes in Hawaii is one of the latest in a series of natural disasters that have struck the United States over the course of less than a year. There have been hurricanes, wildfires, and winter storms in succession. Hurricane season began anew June 1, and the wildfire potential is high again this year.

The AVMA offers resources on disaster preparedness for veterinarians at One resource is the AVMA Emergency Preparedness & Response Guide, an in-depth reference that covers volcanic activity, hurricanes, wildfires, winter storms, and many other types of disasters.

AVMA Convention 2018, July 13-17 in Denver, will feature a number of sessions on disasters. Among these is "Best Practices for Disaster Preparedness and Recovery—How to Save Your Practice," presented by Dr. Warren Hess, an assistant director of the AVMA Division of Animal and Public Health. The complete schedule of continuing education is at