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MP745, New March 2006

Plant Biosecurity Preparedness Plan for U.S. Agricultural Producers

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Get the PDFDeveloped by EDEN as part of its online Plant Biosecurity Management Course for Extension Professionals

Warnings from government agencies and public interest groups point out that the agricultural sector is at high risk of terrorist activity and specifically, that the U.S. food supply is vulnerable to the intentional introduction of pests, diseases, and abiotic (nonliving) disorders, including damage caused by fertilizers and chemicals.

Therefore, it is incumbent upon those in the agricultural sector to join national homeland security efforts by instituting comprehensive preparedness activities so that producers, family members, employees, and agricultural consultants know how to respond appropriately to a suspected biosecurity problem. However, agroterrorism is not the only threat to U.S. agricultural producers. Theft, vandalism, and natural disasters (e.g., tornadoes, floods, and fires) also create emergency situations for producers. For this reason, the underlying philosophy of this guide is that preparedness practices in plant biosecurity management will also facilitate rapid and appropriate responses to any emergency situation.

This guide will provide you with tools to:

12 steps to preparedness planning

Individuals involved in the agricultural sector must have the knowledge and skills to respond to emergencies in a timely and efficient manner. Preparedness is the key to knowing how to react calmly and appropriately to an emergency situation, avoiding lost time and costly mistakes. This guide describes twelve emergency management steps to help improve the preparedness of individuals living and working on your premises:

  1. Post emergency response phone numbers and contact list
  2. Complete a risk assessment checklist
  3. Create maps and records of your operation
  4. Enhance your crop scouting and pest management skills
  5. Post visible address numbers and safety signage
  6. Sponsor an emergency responders' tour of operation and training event
  7. Meet with your insurance agent
  8. Conduct emergency response drills with employees, neighbors, frequent visitors, and family members
  9. Evaluate, revise and update your preparedness plan
  10. Involve others in preparedness planning
  11. Use your risk assessment checklist to identify mitigation activities
  12. Assemble your plan in a notebook for emergency responders



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