The National Center for Animal Health
Emergency Management has two staffs. Collectively, we develop strategies
and policies for effective incident management and coordinate incident
responses. We also plan and coordinate delivery of training that
will ensure personnel are ready for emergency response work.
In the event of an animal disease emergency, the NCAHEM role
- The Interagency Coordination Staff plans, organizes, and
leads efforts to support and improve the response preparedness
and coordinates and creates partnerships with other Federal, State,
and local entities to strengthen early detection and rapid response
capabilities at all levels.
- The Preparedness and Response Staff develops and disseminates
emergency response guidelines based on NIMS and the Incident Command
for responding effectively and efficiently to a foreign animal
disease or pest, and ensures that guidelines are current, flexible
to change, and adaptable to any disease or animal pest situation.
We coordinate investigations and disseminate information about
suspected outbreaks of foreign animal diseases.
- The National Veterinary Stockpile (NVS) staff operate the nation’s repository of vaccines, personnel protective equipment, and other critical veterinary supplies, equipment, and services for augmenting within 24-hours State and local resources in the fight against dangerous animal diseases. The NVS has two primary goals. By 2011, it will acquire countermeasures against the first 10 of the 17 worst disease threats including Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, Foot-and-Mouth Disease, Rift Valley Fever, Exotic Newcastle Disease, and Classical Swine Fever. By 2016, it will acquire countermeasures against all 17 disease threats.
- Augment state and local resources with critical veterinary supplies, equipment, and services;
- Provide safety emphasis and leadership;
- Provide national guidance on disease surveillance and eradication strategy;
- Support the acquisition of resources;
- Resolve administrative, financial, legal, legislative, and disease control issues; and
- Coordinate and disseminate
General Functions to Support NCAHEM's Role in VS' Mission:
- Coordinate the eradication
activities during animal disease emergencies.
- Develop and maintain
liaison with other USDA agencies, Department of Homeland Security
(DHS), Department of Defense (DOD), Health and Human Services (HHS),
Department of Interior, Environmental Protection Service (EPA), and
similar regulatory groups providing assistance in disease control
- Coordinate computer
modeling and analytical studies relative to the spread of foreign
animal diseases through international shipments of
animals, animal products, by-products, or other methods.
- Initiate work
plans for regulations necessary to respond to introduction of foreign
- Represent APHIS
in various emergency preparedness activities and national security
matters (chemical, biological, or radiological).
- Develop and maintain
a technical reference center concerning domestic and foreign animal
- Provide technical
information on animal health conditions to VS personnel, Federal
and State agencies, industry, and the public.
- Organize and maintain
emergency response guidelines in a state of readiness within the
NIMS framework to promptly respond to outbreaks of foreign diseases
- Maintains logistical support for emergency disease outbreaks (e.g.,
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