Last week, the Kansas Department of Agriculture led an emergency preparedness exercise in Manhattan to practice the state’s response plan to a foreign animal disease (FAD) event. More than 200 individuals, including KPA staff, participated in the exercise, which was based on the confirmation of foot-and-mouth disease in the U.S.
Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Jackie McClaskey said regularly testing emergency response plans helps state agencies, federal and local government, industry stakeholders and universities to understand the roles and responsibilities of each during a FAD event. It also aids in identifying any gaps in the existing plan. The 2016 exercise builds upon plans and procedures that have been developed and revised since previous simulations.
Foreign Animal Disease Exercise Held