When Emergency Programs is not responding to a disaster, our team works with a variety of internal and external partners to prepare for all hazards response. Some of these activities include establishing plans and procedures, developing technological tools, maintaining equipment, participating in specialized training, conducting simulated drills and exercises, and evaluating capability to respond effectively.
The North Carolina Animal Emergency Response Working Group is a collaborative effort of many state and local partners who are dedicated to enhancing the preparedness and response capabilities for any incident involving animals, including but not limited to livestock, throughout the state with coordination from many sectors.
Producers know biosecurity is critical to livestock and poultry management. However, the process of completing a biosecurity assessment and writing a biosecurity plan can be difficult and time-consuming.
Developed by veterinarians at Iowa State University, the new Biosecurity Your Way website helps producers simplify the assessment and planning process and implement biosecurity that works for them. Producers can see how biosecurity benefits farms and interact with a virtual farm to learn about disease risks. Next, they can answer a few questions about farm biosecurity to see what they do well and where they can improve. Then, producers can generate and download their customized biosecurity plan.
Available in English and Spanish, the “Biosecurity Your Way” website is free for producers. Website materials were developed with beginning farmers, non-traditional farmers, new farm employees, and youth in mind. However, the Biosecurity Your Way website can be used by anyone who wants to streamline the biosecurity assessment and planning process.