As wildfire season rages along the west coast, wrecking havoc on rural communities from California to Washington state, there is no better time to learn how to prepare, manage, and plan for disasters. In an ongoing partnership with RDPC and The Department of Homeland Security, WIFSS trained a diverse group of professionals on creating a thorough disaster preparedness and response plan.
Awareness and management level courses for all hazards preparedness and planning for animal and agricultural disasters were held in Santa Rosa, February 2 and 3. Much of the discussion and training was built around the most recent devastating fires.
For horse and cattle owners wondering what they can do to help protect not only themselves but their animals, a video from WIFSS is a great place to start. Wildfire Preparedness Tips for a Firefighter presentation explains fire service response procedures and the specific actions that livestock owners can take to help protect themselves, their ranch and their animals.
Read how WIFSS at the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine is helping prepare veterinarians, first responders, livestock producers, and rural community leaders for floods, fires, hurricances, and earthquakes, and other disasters.
Be prepared for your next hiking expedition. Take precautions against heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
Amid the chaos of response and evacuation, every second counts. A preparedness plan saves time during an emergency response and will increase the chances for the survival of your property, family, and animals.
First responders from across the state of California from San Diego to Sutter counties attended training for organizing the recovery from an incident of agroterrorism or food systems disaster.
First responders attending the pilot courses for DHS AWR 328 and MGT 448, shared their experience with disaster planning and preparedness as they took part in hands-on, problem-solving activities in the courses which took place at the California Fire & Rescue Training Authority.
Having a response action plan in which all community members and organizations have a coordinated disaster response strategy creates an effective community response for an incident of intentional contamination, or from a natural disaster.