Disaster Preparedness Manual
Melissa J. Nixon, DVM

 Vehicles at staging areas


 Personnel from harassment or injury

 Animals from injury or theft

 Equipment from damage or theft

 Facilities from misuse or damage

 Supplies from misuse or theft

 Teams out in the field

 Personal safety from rioters and renegades

 Everyone accounted for at the end of the excursion

 Website from hackers

 Food safety

 Water supply safety

 Security of lodgings

 Possibility of terrorism

 Prevent diversion of controlled drugs and other medical supplies

We need to have our own security team to mind the gate and keep an eye out for problems overall. However, we also need to have a Memorandum of Understanding and a working relationship with local law enforcement and if possible, the National Guard, the United States Army, and the Coast Guard.

During Hurricane Katrina, there were threats to the physical safety of workers and volunteers. Extra security was provided to VMAT. One of the concerns with convergent volunteers unassociated with a specific group was the lack of ability to ensure their safety or to even know if one had gone missing or become injured.

It is very important for workers to sign in and sign out; that is one way we know who might be missing, injured, or otherwise in need of assistance!

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Melissa J. Nixon, DVM

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