National Center for Animal Health Emergency Management (NCAHEM)
As leaders in animal health emergency management, we develop strategies and policies for effective incident management and help coordinate incident responses. As a liaison to outside emergency management groups, we ensure that Veterinary Services (VS) emergency management policies, strategies, and responses are current with national and international standards.
Who We Are
Preparedness and Incident Coordination
Develops and distributes emergency response guidelines based on the National Incident Management System and the Incident Command System for responding effectively and efficiently to a foreign animal disease or pest, and providing incident goals, objectives, strategies, procedures, and timelines.
Coordinates investigations and disseminates information about suspected outbreaks of foreign animal diseases.
Manages the National Animal Health Emergency Response Corps, a reserve of veterinarians and animal health technicians who can assist State and Federal response efforts during an animal health event.
Supports continuity of business planning through cooperative agreements with universities.
Identifies resources and clarifies roles in the event of an animal emergency through participation in interagency and international working groups and permanent assignments at other Federal agencies.
Develops methods and techniques to obtain and analyze surveillance information within USDA and APHIS.
Leads the implementation of the joint USDA/Department of Homeland Security foreign animal disease modeling analysis center, and contributes funding to additional modeling efforts through cooperative agreements.
Coordinates development and deployment of emergency disposal and decontamination tools through international, Federal, State, industry and academic working groups and partnerships. For more information regarding disposal and decontamination, please visit Animal Disease Outbreak Emergency Management Tools.
National Veterinary Stockpile (NVS)
Provides within 24 hours the critical veterinary countermeasures (such as supplies, equipment, field tests, vaccines, and support services) to ensure States have the resources to fight catastrophic animal disease outbreaks that terrorists or nature may create.
Helps States plan, train, and exercise before an event the logistics operations they will need to manage during an event to receive, store, control, issue, and deliver the NVS and other resources. For more information visit the NVS web site.
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
National Center for Animal Health Emergency Management
4700 River Road, Unit 41
Riverdale, MD 20737
301-851-3595 (main number)
Emergency ONLY: 800-940-6524
National Animal Health Emergency Response Corps (NAHERC)
NAHERC members assist in the federal response to domestic and international animal disease outbreaks, threats, and natural disasters. Veterinarians, animal health technicians, and other veterinary personnel are encouraged to visit this site and add their names to the NAHERC emergency roster.
Emergency Management Response System (EMRS)
EMRS is used to manage and investigate U.S. animal disease outbreaks. VS efforts are led by Federal and State field personnel in conjunction with more than 40,000 federally accredited veterinary practitioners who assist with disease exclusion, detection, and control.