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.
AWR 328, All Hazards Preparedness for Animals in Disasters, meets for the first time at a veterinary college as the University Of Minnesota College Of Veterinary Medicine hosts the course on October 7, 2017.
An awareness level course providing first responders with the tools to protect, respond to, and recover from consequences of disasters involving animals in rural communities, was launched in Santa Rosa in early March. The AWR 328 course introduces participants to the unique issues that must be considered and addressed when animals are involved in an emergency.
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.
A FMD Dairy Field Day held in Tulare, CA, helped raise awareness of actions that producers and processors can take before and during a Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak.
New Mexico State University’s Southwest Border Protection and Emergency Preparedness Center hosted a full day of intensive training outlining the potential effects of possible types of agroterrorism, and the impact of an incident on the entire food system or on a specific segment of the food system.
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.
The United States prepares local farmers and the agriculture industry to protect themselves from acts of Agroterrorism. WIFSS is on board at 48th Annual Wisconsin Governor’s Conference on Emergency Management & Homeland Security to lend expertise in training exercises.
WIFSS is partnering with Hartnell college to conduct training courses which underscore the importance of awareness and of being prepared for disasters that can affect the agricultural industry.