Disaster preparedness of licensed private veterinary practitioners in Mississippi
Ebers, Kathleen Leech
Bailey, H. R.
This study’s purpose was to describe the disaster preparedness of licensed private veterinary practitioners in Mississippi. A mail survey was distributed assessing disaster training, response plans, and disaster-related organization knowledge. Individuals who have experienced a disaster are more likely to have a personal plan, a clinic plan, or both than those who have not. County residence along the Mississippi Gulf Coast showed 3.62 times likelihood of having a personal plan and 3.09 times likelihood of having a clinic plan than those in other districts. Many veterinarians failed to identify their local emergency management agency as their point of contact in a disaster situation, and few indicated having disaster education materials for their clients. Twenty percent of respondents indicated having obtained formal disaster training. More than two-thirds of respondents were interested in disaster training.