Principal Investigator(s): Ken Burton, DVM
At the initiation of this project, there existed no overarching, uniform process for the development of emergency operations plans addressing the defense of food and agriculture at the state, local, tribal and territorial (SLTT) government levels. Most SLTT’s had previously addressed preparedness issues on their own and, although their planning process and resultant plans may have been appropriate for their individual location or entity, there existed no common plan, process, or terminology between plans. The development and adoption of the common planning process for SLTT’s for food and agriculture as a result of Phases One and Two of this project, known as the Livestock Emergency Response Plan (LERP) toolkit, provides for an integrated, coordinated, and synchronized process for livestock disease emergency operations planning and response.
Phases One and Two of this ongoing project successfully created the LERP template, Supplemental Guide to the LERP template, Facilitator’s Guide, Participant’s Guide, and PowerPoint presentation. All tools in the toolkit were based on the format of FEMA’s Comprehensive Preparedness Guide 101 v. 2.0 and the previously developed Food
Emergency Response Plan (FERP) template and Supplemental Guide. Common formatting between the FERP and LERP templates provided more efficient cross-referencing for those individuals using the templates as they developed food and livestock emergency response plans for state, local, tribal, and territorial government entities.
Now that the LERP toolkit is completed and readily available to SLTT planning entities within the general library of the FoodShield portal.