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EDEN Strengthening Community Agrosecurity Preparedness (S-CAP) Project

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A crosswalk was developed to help agricultural emergency management stakeholders recognize how preparedness activities correlate to Federal guidelines. Relating animal and agriculture issues to national core capabilities does not imply Federal funding exists to implement all identified preparedness measures; however, in some instances, funding for certain types of animal and/or agricultural disaster preparedness activities in some mission areas (i.e., prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery) may be available. Click here to access the Community Agricultural Relationships to Federal Core Capabilities Crosswalk.

Program Overview:
Below is a brief description of the Strengthening Community Agrosecurity Preparedness (S-CAP) program. Click on the headings to learn more about each activity. Two S-CAP program overviews are available for printing.

1) The first is a brief two page overview that can be found by clicking here.
2) The second is a multi-page report that includes an overview and evaluation data that can be found by clicking here.

Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) S-CAP workshops provide a foundation for local jurisdictions to address agricultural emergencies and disasters. The workshops empower local Extension personnel and other community partners to:
  • build capacity to handle agricultural issues during an emergency or disaster;
  • improve networking among stakeholders who can plan for and respond to emergencies; and
  • develop Community Agrosecurity Planning (CAP) teams to establish or enhance agrosecurity components within existing local emergency operations plans.    
The EDEN S‐CAP discussion‐based planning exercise program is compliant with Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) guidelines, including an evaluator briefing and debriefing, hot wash, and use of Exercise Evaluation Guides (EEGs) and situation manuals.
The Virtual Forum provides an environment for local, state, and federal agricultural emergency planning and exercise stakeholders to learn new information and exchange ideas across interdisciplinary and jurisdictional lines.  Webinars highlight recent disasters to discuss lessons learned and identify best practices to implement in future emergencies.
The Agrosecurity Symposium is a face-to-face meeting held in Washington, D.C. to bring together federal, tribal, state and local agricultural emergency planning stakeholders; commodity representatives; Extension, and non-governmental organizations to identify strategies for cohesive agricultural emergency preparedness across the nation.

To learn more about Agrosecurity click here.

For further questions or comments, please contact:
Andrea Higdon, Emergency Management System Director, College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, University of Kentucky,

Last Updated:4/14/2016 6:39 PM

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