This awareness-level course is designed to enhance community-wide preparedness and
response to incidents involving animals, plants, and food. Participants will examine the extent
to which accidental, intentional, and naturally occurring incidents can affect daily operations
in the food and agriculture industry. Using case studies, the course demonstrates how an
incident can alter the lives of people locally and thousands of miles away.
Participants will recognize their roles and the roles of other community agencies in preparing
for and responding to incidents involving animals, plants, and food. Following this course,
participants will be able to determine whom to contact in their communities in the event of an
incident and how to begin or enhance the planning process for a food- or agriculture-related
incident. Instructors will also provide an overview of the key components of preparedness
Audience: County extension agents, First responders including law enforcement, fire
departments, and emergency medical services, Local and state public health officials,
Fusion center and food protection personnel, School administrators Agriculture
industry, including farm bureaus, producers, processors, and transporters, Nongovernmental
The class times are 12:00 pm CST / 1:00 pm EST and end at 4:00 pm CST/ 5:00 pm EST.