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The Strengthening Community Agrosecurity Preparedness (S-CAP) workshops have generated outcomes in the jurisdictions that participated. Selected examples of the outcomes are listed below.  

  • Hawaii established a draft agricultural community emergency operations plan for the Big Island, hired an Agrosecurity planner for Oahu, and recruited their new Extension veterinarian to be a State S-CAP Trainer.
  • Counties developed a local ESF #11 and converted their local emergency operations plan into the Emergency Support Function format.
  • Counties that participated in S-CAP workshops used the skills gained and newly written plans to respond to the multi-county 2012 fair season swine influenza outbreaks.
  • The attendance was an interesting mix of counties, ranging from very rural to urban. It is estimated that the counties present at the trainings represented 1.5 million Hoosiers.
  • The workshops improved networking among state and county stakeholders who plan for and respond to emergencies and/or disasters.
  • Indiana hosted one state S-CAP workshop.
  • Several Kansas Extension personnel who attended the workshops continue to be involved in their county emergency planning teams on an ongoing basis.
  • Kansas conducted five State S-CAP workshops for 139 participants and Extension personnel are actively involved with planning teams.
  • Emergency manager from Kalamazoo, MI immediately took information learned from the workshop to update emergency operations plan and was impressed at how the workshop content could easily help improve the local planning process.
  • Montana conducted four S-CAP workshops throughout the state, with a fifth one scheduled for early 2013.
  • The Nebraska Department of Agriculture hired a new Homeland Security Coordinator to collaborate with University of Nebraska - Lincoln and Nebraska Emergency Management Agency. Responsibilities include working with local agricultural emergency management planning issues.
  • Held a meeting with University of Nebraska-Lincoln Agro-Security Team, Nebraska Department of Agriculture, and Nebraska Emergency Management officials to form a collaborative effort to enhance planning of agro-security for Nebraska.
  • Met with Nebraska Region 21 and 22 Emergency Managers and provided an S-CAP Overview seminar to 35 system leaders followed by organizing a framework to utilize CERT and Rural Fire Districts to respond to agriculture disasters in southwestern Nebraska.
  • The S-CAP overview was provided to representatives of Nebraska Farm Bureau, Nebraska Livestock Marketers Association, Independent Cattlemen of Nebraska, Nebraska Cattlemen’s Association, and the Nebraska Corn Board.
  • Nebraska counties engaged in individual training efforts include Dawes, Sheridan, Sioux, Box Butte, Cherry, Scottsbluff, Banner, Morrill, Kimball, Cheyenne, and Grant.
New Mexico:
  • Local emergency manager in New Mexico commented how easy it is to adapt the workshop content to other plan components – so not only is the agricultural portion of the plan updated, but the entire local emergency operations plan can be updated based on the process taught during the workshop.
  • New Mexico exercised a county plan for 45 attendees.
  • In Utah’s initiative to further trade with China and to develop relationships, the Utah state veterinarian and Extension veterinarian were invited to travel to the Hainan province of China and present information on disease prevention and control, as well as an overview of the S-CAP program in Haikou City.
  • Agriculture Annex to All Hazards Plan adopted in Uintah, San Juan and Carbon Counties along with the City of Herriman. Salt Lake County is near completion.
  • Three State S-CAP workshops were conducted (bringing their total number of workshops conducted to seven).
  • Table-top exercises were conducted in Uintah County, San Juan County, and Herriman City.
  • An operational (field) exercise was conducted in Uintah County to fully exercise their annex.
  • Conducted a state wide workshop in 2011.  
  • Klickitat County completed its ESF #11 for inclusion in county disaster preparedness plan.

Last Updated:1/22/2013 8:42 AM

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