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STARTING A CLINIC DISASTER PLAN

Creating a veterinary clinic disaster team is important. Depending on the size of your clinic you may be able to form a self-sufficient team. If you work in a smaller clinic, contacting other local clinics to pool resources may be an option. During a disaster the local veterinarians are often sought after for advice or help even if they do not want to be involved. It is important that veterinarians and technicians in a community talk about and create a local disaster plan before the disaster occurs. Once you have a local veterinary disaster team, you can try to locate clinics outside of your area which you can refer clients in case of a disaster. You must consider that your veterinary clinic may not be able to function. Veterinary clinics are in constant competition with each other. However, during a disaster it is important that veterinary clinics rely on each other for assistance. Being able to share equipment and even personnel can be a huge benefit to multiple clinics during a disaster. 

 

 

Before the Disaster or Emergency

 

Types of Disaster/Emergency

 

Hazardous/Chemical

Severe Weather

Medical Emergency

                  Fire

                  Electrical Utility Failure

Workplace Violence

 

 

Plans

                  Community Plan

                  Communications Plan 

                  Clinic/Team Plan

                  Continuity of Operations Plan

                  Security Plan

 

 

Operations

                

 Communications

 System that does not rely on landlines, cell phones or pagers

 Utilities

Alternate power sources

Generator fuel source

Continued refrigeration

IT

Insurance

Current and comprehensive policies

 

                 

 Training

 

 

During a Disaster

 

After a Disaster

 

 

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