As you have seen in the news this week, Hurricane Irma, a potentially catastrophic category 5 storm, is expected to reach Florida this weekend. While we don’t yet know how extensive the impact will be, the FVMA has begun mobilizing the Florida Veterinary Corps (Vets Corps) to assist in relief and recovery efforts in areas that will be affected by Irma.
The FVMA, in cooperation with the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine, and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, works to safeguard animal and public health in Florida in the event of a catastrophe. Two organizations make disasters their specialties – the Florida Veterinary Corps and the Vets Team.
During a disaster, the Florida Veterinary Corps gives their support to the Vets Team of the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine to provide disaster response. This combination gives the state of Florida considerable capability to deal with veterinary relief, rescue, and recovery efforts during disasters.
Volunteers are needed to serve during this critical time!
The FVMA is assisting the Department of Agriculture in maintaining the roster of volunteers and serves as the point of contact for calling up volunteers after the impending disaster. In the event of a call up, you will be contacted regarding your availability. With this in mind, please check your email regularly, and keep your cell phones fully-charged during this time.
Also, as we continue to monitor the hurricane, we will update you by email as we receive important weather-related notices, so please check your inbox daily for
FVMA Hurricane Irma Alerts as we do our best to keep members informed.
Please feel free to contact the FVMA toll-free at (800) 992-3862 or by email at
Philip J. Hinkle,