• Notification procedures - courses of action to be taken and implemented on short notice.

  • Procedure for emergencies.

Strengths and Challenges of the Coordinated Local Emergency Preparedness Plan:

  • Each community sector has knowledge of the diverse capacities and capabilities of the overall system.

  • Each committee member is a liaison for his/her respective agency or entity and is empowered to speak for his/her organization.

  • All committee representatives are holistically and responsibly involved with the coordination of the plan.

  • Periodic review of the County Preparedness Plan and participating agency/entity meetings with “scenario” exercises are critical to keeping the plan fresh and current and in keeping the Plan updated.

  • Dispersing prudent reliable information to the media and the public is extremely important.

  • Education of county residents (particularly agricultural) is important, and should be an ongoing activity, with regard to the care and handling of livestock. Trained and educated livestock producers will utilize best management practices (BMPs) in the prevention, detection, and diagnoses of animal disease.

Successful preparedness in the event of a foreign animal disease outbreak, intentional or nonintentional, can help eradicate disease and minimize adverse market reaction and economic impact.

gene-based anthrax testing, are designed for rapid detection and identification of key pathogens by sampling air in public environments. These systems have been operating since early 2003 and are meant to assist public health experts in rapidly responding to the intentional release of a biological agent (DHS, 2004a). Early warning technologies have not yet been adequately evaluated by the animal health infrastructure.

SCIENTIFIC PREPAREDNESS FOR DIAGNOSING ANIMAL DISEASES: LABORATORY CAPACITY AND CAPABILITY

Recommendation 3: The animal health laboratory network should be expanded and strengthened to ensure sufficient capability and capacity for both routine and emergency diagnostic needs and to ensure a robust link-



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