CAVMRC Attends Two Disaster Preparedness Days
CAVMRC Distributes Pet Preparedness Kits at Disaster Awareness Fair
The California Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps (CAVMRC) was proud to join the California Emergency Management Agency again this year at its “Be Prepared!” Disaster Awareness Fair on the steps of the state Capitol on September 18.
September 2012 marked the ninth annual National Preparedness Month, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. In Sacramento, the disaster awareness fair is one of the highlights of the month and features organizations educating the public about being prepared for all types of disasters and emergencies. The purpose of the event was to inform and educate the public about emergency response in California, and how they can be prepared for any emergency, any disaster.
The CAVMRC distributed Pet Preparedness kits which included brochures about how to plan for pets during a disaster, as well as a basic medical kit and first aid guide for animals. Hundreds of visitors to the Capitol stopped at the booth to pick up information and visit with CVMA Director of Regulatory Affairs Dr. Grant Miller and CVMA Membership Coordinator Laura Phillips, who staffed the booth during the day-long event.
Over 20 government and non-profit organizations representing various emergency response partners in the Northern California Region participated at the event by manning 40 booths and handing out information. Participants included Cal EMA, the American Red Cross, Caltrans, the California Highway Patrol, the Sacramento Fire Department, Cal FIRE, the California Earthquake Authority, PG&E, Wal-Mart, and many more organizations.
The event was highlighted with a speech by Cal EMA Secretary Mark Ghilarducci, in which he emphasized the importance of having a 72-hour supply of food, water and supplies for both people and pets on-hand at all times. The CAVMRC was pleased to participate in the successful event.
Volunteer for the CAVMRC
The CAVMRC is a unit of the National Medical Reserve Corps and provides veterinary services during local or statewide disasters and emergencies in California. The CAVMRC is supported by the CVMA and the California Veterinary Medical Foundation and is continually seeking veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and veterinary staff to volunteer their time and services. If you are interested in the CAVMRC, please visit www.cavmrc.net and fill out the registration form to become a member.
The California Veterinary Medical Foundation is a federally accredited non-profit organization established to sponsor and nurture kindness, education and well-being for all animals and people and their environment. Tax-deductible donations can be made to the CVMF.