Emergency Preparedness and Response
For nearly 40 years, APHIS' central mission has been to protect the health and value of U.S. agricultural, natural, and other resources. But as America has changed, that mission has expanded and evolved. Today, in addition to protecting the health of livestock, poultry, and crops from foreign diseases and pests, APHIS also works closely with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide assistance and coordination during all-hazards emergencies, including natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina.
APHIS has a long history of successfully responding to traditional animal and plant health emergencies, such as outbreaks of Avian Influenza and Mediterranean Fruit Fly, and it continues to build and refine these capabilities, as well as to conduct test exercises and prepare for all-hazard situations. In other words, our job is to make sure we have planned and tested our capabilities in advance and that when faced with an emergency, we can swiftly dispatch the right experts to handle the situation.
APHIS Releases Mobilization Guide (pdf 12.26MB)
APHIS Emergency Response Factsheet (pdf 45KB)
Last Modified: April 23, 2012