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Emergency Management Response System 2.0 (EMRS2)

Do you need access to the system? Help logging in? Please scroll down this page to read about "Logging In" or "EMRS2 Access".

About EMRS2

The Emergency Management Response System 2.0 (EMRS2) is a web-based application used for the reporting of routine investigations of foreign animal diseases (FADs), surveillance and control programs, state specific disease outbreaks, and national animal health emergency responses (all-hazards). The user experience has been greatly enhanced in EMRS2 to make it easier for users to input data and manage tasks.

Veterinary Services (VS) is responsible for detecting and responding to animal disease incidents that occur within the United States and must cooperatively manage the data related to such outbreaks with our state and tribal partners. This requires a system that is available nationwide and is flexible to support numerous data requirements collected through various methods. EMRS2 supports this mission by providing a secure accessible system for data collection, management, and analysis utilizing a web-based comprehensive investigation, task and resource management suite and a universal information platform. Primary users of EMRS2 are Federal, State and Tribal Veterinary Medical Officers, Animal Health Officials, Animal Health Technicians, Animal Disease Specialists and Epidemiologists. First deployed in 2001, EMRS2 continues to satisfy its mission goals, providing Veterinary Services and cooperators with a management system for:

  • Responses to animal disease outbreaks
  • Routine surveillance of Foreign Animal Disease (FAD)
  • Emerging Disease Investigations (EDI)
  • All Hazard Animal Incidents

Logging In to EMRS2

Log-in Method: eAuthentication (aka "eAuth") is used to log-in to EMRS2.

APHIS/APHIS Contractor: Please choose “eAuthentication” and choose the LincPass option. Log-in with your PIN when prompted.  Your LincPass will also work to log-in to EMRS2 training.

Non-APHIS Personnel: If you already have a Level 2 eAuth account, you can use it to log-in now using your eAuth username and password.  If you have not accessed EMRS2 in the past, you will need to create an eAuth account and complete an IT Security Awareness course prior to requesting access to EMRS2. 

EMRS2 Access

Everyone who needs access to EMRS2 must have an EMRS2 user account and an eAuth login account. To initiate an EMRS2 user account, complete an APHIS Form 513 (link below) and submit it to your EMRS2 Network Associate (list of EMRS2 Network Associates provided below). EMRS2 Network Associates are available to assist with completion and submission of the APHIS Form 513. APHIS 513’s must be signed by your supervisor or VS contact. Non-APHIS employees must complete the IT Security Awareness course. Once completed, submit the completed training certificate and APHIS 513 to your EMRS2 Network Associate.

Please contact your local EMRS2 Network Associate or IT Specialist if you need additional assistance. If you do not receive instructions on how to access EMRS2 via email within a reasonable amount of time (3-5 business days), please contact help@aphis.usda.govPlease indicate "VS IT System - EMRS2" in the subject line of your email. 

EMRS2 Technical Help

For help using EMRS2, please contact the District Network Associate provided in the link above or identified on the log-in page to EMRS2. The APHIS Technical Assistance Center (ATAC) does not provide assistance with the appropriate use or business functionality of EMRS2.

EMRS2 Drills: EMRS drill materials are designed to allow the user to independently practice using EMRS. To use EMRS drill materials, you must have an active user account in EMRS. To access drill materials, login to EMRS:; drill materials are locate in EMRS2 Home > Training Materials > EMRS Drills. If you have questions as you complete a drill, contact an EMRS Network Associate for assistance.

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