FVMA Hurricane Dorian Update (8/30/19 – 3 p.m.):
The FVMA Disaster Preparedness Committee has been monitoring Hurricane Dorian and its potential impact on Florida. The committee is working with the State Emergency Response Team (SERT) and Florida State Agricultural Response Team (SART) in preparation to mitigate potential damage due to the hurricane.
As of Friday, August 30, 2019, at 11 a.m., Hurricane Dorian is a Category 2 hurricane with the likelihood of the hurricane strengthening to a Category 4 by the time it makes landfall on the Florida east coast. The hurricane is now predicted to make landfall between the late evening of Monday, September 2 and the early morning of Tuesday, September 3, 2019. The National Hurricane Center warns Floridians of the likelihood of a prolonged period of hazardous conditions that could last for a couple days in parts of Florida early next week.
- The risk of life-threatening storm surge along portions of the Florida east coast has increased, yet it is still too soon to determine where exactly the surge will occur.
- The risk of hurricane-force winds has increased for Florida’s east coast, but it is still too early to determine where they will occur.
The FVMA Disaster Preparedness Committee urges members to be prepared.
On Thursday, August 29, Governor Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency for the entire state of Florida, urging all Floridians on the East Coast to prepare for impact, as the latest forecasts from the National Hurricane Center project Hurricane Dorian will make landfall on Florida’s east coast as a major hurricane. For more information from the National Hurricane Center, click here.
The FVMA Headquarters will be closed on Monday, September 2, 2019, for Labor Day and Tuesday, September 3, 2019 due to the impending path Hurricane Dorian will make across Central Florida as a major hurricane. Any further closures will be determined due to the hurricane’s actual impact and announced at a later date.
The FVMA continues to be engaged and will remain ready to assist in preparation, recovery and relief efforts as needed. Please feel free to contact us toll-free at 800.992.3862 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns.
MONITOR THE HURRICANE WITH THE LATEST INFORMATION FROM THE STATE EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM (SERT) AND LOCAL WEATHER FORECAST OFFICES.
For storm information specific to your area, including possible inland watches and warnings, please monitor the storm using your local National Weather Service forecast office.
Below are additional helpful resources for both your veterinary care team and clients:
- Click here for the SERT website, sponsored by the state of Florida, offers useful information to assist in preparedness.
- The FVMA’s 2019 Hurricane Preparedness article on how to create a disaster preparedness plan for your veterinary practice.
- Online resources from the AVMA on disaster preparedness for pet owners, including tips on preparing pet evacuation kits.
- AVMA guide on how to best prepare livestock and large animals for disasters.
- Price gouging of lodging and goods can be reported by calling 866.966.7226, online at myfloridalegal.com or through the new NO SCAM mobile app.
- Situation Awareness maps and apps from Florida Division of Emergency Management and the Florida SERT
- FDACS Animal-related Response Resources
At this time, we encourage all members in Florida to be prepared and take the necessary precautions to stay safe. Please continue to check the FVMA website for updates regarding Hurricane Dorian.
Terry Clekis, DVM
FVMA Disaster Relief Committee Chair
Philip J. Hinkle,
FVMA Executive Director