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.
Plant Protection and Quarantine's (PPQ) Emergency and Domestic Programs unit provides national leadership and coordination in crop biosecurity and emergency management.
Veterinary Services Surveillance, Preparedness and Response Services (SPRS) mission includes preparing and practicing animal health and all-hazard response plans. SPRS strengthens and integrates preparedness and response services by responding to animal health problems with solutions that meet customers’ needs and are appropriate in intensity and scope.