APHIS’ Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) program safeguards U.S. agriculture and natural resources from the introduction, establishment, and spread of plant pests and noxious weeds.
PPQ’s Emergency and Domestic Programs (EDP) unit provides national leadership and coordination in crop biosecurity and emergency management. As the lead Federal agency for plant health emergencies, PPQ works cooperatively with national and international plant protection organizations; Federal, State, tribal, and local agencies; universities; industries; and private entities in developing and implementing science-based framework designed to provide optimum protection against invasive pests and diseases.
The National Plant Health Emergency Management Framework is a comprehensive, systematic approach to describe how PPQ and its cooperators respond to plant health and homeland security emergencies. The Framework describes the roles and responsibilities of PPQ Program Managers at the headquarters, regions, and State levels in PPQ and the Center for Plant Health Science and Technology and State plant protection agencies in the 48 contiguous States, Hawaii, and Alaska, U.S. Territories and Commonwealth, and Tribes. Lastly, the framework also describes the roles and responsibilities of the interrelated components of PPQ’s safeguarding system, including preparedness, pest exclusion, response, and recovery elements.
The Emergency Response Manual provides the guidance for emergency responders when following the Incident Command System (ICS) to manage a threat to plant health and natural resources. PPQ has devised a system based on past experience and best practices to achieve a quick, concise response to all plant health incidents. The Manual describes how ICS is used to develop and organize a response; instructions for assigning specific responsibilities within the Command and General staff; pertinent authorities related to plant health emergencies; and lists of necessary activities for onsite incident management..
Last Modified: March 22, 2013