Building Awareness and Capacity

Our workshops and webinars provide an opportunity for Canadian livestock industry associations and their members to learn more about the AHEM project and the evolving animal health disease landscape.

AHEM workshops nurture connections between industry staff, producers, and governments while encouraging open and frank discussion about the realities of a major disease event. Both informative and engaging, the online workshops have been designed to demonstrate the value of AHEM project resources in helping industry and producers to prepare, respond and recover from an outbreak emergency.

Online Simulation Workshop: Testing Disease Readiness

This 90-minute interactive virtual workshop gives participants an opportunity to walk through a simulated serious animal disease event.

Using the AHEM producer handbooks, association staff plans and other resources as a guide, participants will explore proactive farm management strategies that can be used during an outbreak emergency. Participants will also have the opportunity to raise pressing questions with knowledgeable government and industry professionals.

Target audience

  • Livestock producers
  • Association staff
  • Suppliers
  • Service personnel
  • Emergency response and government representatives

For more information or to book a webinar please contact AHEM 

Incident Command System and Agriculture Training 

During an emergency, all levels of government follow a formal Incident Command System (ICS) or Incident Management System (IMS) approach. The ICS/IMS structure is used for agriculture emergencies including floods, fires, or significant disease outbreaks.

Traditionally, ICS/IMS training targets fire, police, and health first responders. One of the challenges is that the framework and examples used are not geared towards the agriculture stakeholders who will work alongside first responders during an adverse event. For this reason, AHEM has partnered with industry representatives, government, and certified ICS instructors to adapt the basic content of the ICS-100 training for agriculture by adding industry specific examples and scenarios.

The goal of these workshops is to increase producer and industry awareness and understanding of the basic concepts of emergency response protocols. This will help participants ready themselves for emergencies that may impact their sector or society at large.

Target audience 

All agriculture and food supply stakeholders will benefit from ICS knowledge and skills. This includes:

  • Association staff
  • Board and committee members
  • Veterinarians
  • Transporters
  • Feed company representatives
  • Processing staff, and
  • Other service suppliers

Topics covered 

  • Emergency response planning
  • Basic features of ICS Command and general staff functions
  • Interoperability of industry and government agencies
  • Facilities and resources

AHEM is proud to partner with industry staff as we host ICS-100 and agriculture webinars throughout the fall 2021 and winter 2022. The six-hour workshops are customized by province and are by invitation only.

For more information please contact AHEM

“It was great to see examples of situations that were not only relevant to my work, but also helpful and easy to understand and remember.” – participant feedback

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