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Principles of Frontline Response to Agroterrorism and Food System Disasters

Demonstrates how an effective frontline emergency response can reduce or mitigate the effects of an agricultural emergency, act of agroterrorism or other food systems disaster. Course includes an all-hazards plan to protect against a wide variety of potential problems and occurrences within the agricultural community. This is the fifth of six courses in the WIFSS Agroterrorism Preparedness Curriculum for Frontline Responders series.

AWR 155 outlines the use of the Incident Command System (ICS) and the principles of Unified Command (UC) in a agroterrorism and food safety system disaster. Participants will apply ICS and UC principles through various exercises. Participants will be enabled to form and maintain frontline emergency response teams in response to such emergencies. The course will raise awareness to the need to quickly identify and eradicate outbreaks of animal diseases by isolating and destroying livestock and wildlife, removing and disposing of contaminated animal products, and disposing of contaminated feed and related materials. This course will also address the need for whole community preparedness and participation by strengthening local citizen emergency response teams which can support surge capacity response to an agricultural or food systems emergency or act of agroterrorism.

The overall WIFSS Agroterrorism Preparedness Curriculum for Frontline Responders, consisting of six courses, provides a flexible approach to enhance the agroterrorism response capabilities of all constituents in the agricultural sector. The training curriculum focuses on existing local emergency response teams and others who must respond to an agroterrorism incident in an effective and coordinated manner with state and federal antiterrorism teams. Training includes the food and agriculture industries, so they are fully informed and ready to assume their roles on local frontline emergency response teams. The training takes place in the local environment, but will emphasize integration with state and federal emergency response systems.

Course Length: 5 hours

Course Manager: NDPC

Course Timeline:

Prerequisite: Recommended: AWR 151 Understanding the Dangers of Agroterrorism; AWR 152 Agroterrorism and Food System Disasters; AWR 153 Principles of Detection and Diagnosis--Strategies and Technologies; AWR 154 Principles of NIMS, Team Building, and Risk Communication

Target Audience/Discipline: The WIFSS agroterrorism curriculum addresses the needs of agricultural frontline emergency responders including (but not limited to) individuals from different elements in communities such as public health, environmental health, law enforcement, fire services, food and agriculture industries, agricultural representatives, public officials, emergency services representatives, veterinarians, and emergency responders. The curriculum includes built-in flexibility to tailor individual courses to the needs of specific sector interests, while preserving the delivery of a core set of key information to all training participants. This built-in flexibility increases its utility and applicability to a wide variety of training circumstances.

Scheduled Classes: There are no scheduled dates for this course.

Please note: Applications for courses will be accepted up to 1 day prior to the course date. However, the cutoff date for lodging is 7 days prior to class.

If you want to learn more about the Training Program or are interested in attending a specific course, please contact your IEMA Regional Coordinator or Lori McTaggart. Registration should be made in advance to attend any IEMA sponsored class. Walk-in registrations are only accepted if room space and course materials are available. To register for IEMA classes, please see the IEMA Online Registration and Tracking Program Page.




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