Emergency Management Workshop Series

The Canadian livestock industry is taking steps to better prepare for a serious animal disease outbreak. As a leader in this process, the Animal Health Emergency Management (AHEM) project is teaming up with industry groups across Canada to deliver emergency response workshops and resources to improve industry’s emergency readiness.

AHEM is pleased to offer a new series of engaging webinar events. Please join us virtually beginning in February as we share vital information, tips, and tools for an animal disease emergency.

A serious animal disease outbreak can occur at any time so it’s important for livestock producers to be prepared. Taking steps to improve your awareness of emergency management, including understanding where you fit in a response, can better position your operation to react effectively to an emergency as it unfolds.

The 60-minute interactive virtual webinars will provide participants with opportunities to learn about emergency management and to ask key questions that will make all the difference when an emergency strikes.

Target audience

  • Livestock producers
  • Association staff
  • Board and committee members

Webinar 1: Navigating the Unexpected – Emergency Management 101

In part one of this three-part series, livestock producers will be given a general overview of emergency management along with producer roles and responsibilities. The information is designed to boost preparedness with proactive steps and to provide insight into the knowledge and skills required during a serious animal disease outbreak.

Click link below to register. All workshops are one hour starting at 10:00 am (Mountain) / 12:00 pm noon (Eastern). Dates include:

  • February 1, 2022
  • February 15, 2022
  • March 1, 2022
  • March 22, 2022 (French)
  • April 5, 2022

Webinar 2: Resourced and Ready – Exploring Proactive Disease Management Tactics and Tools

Part two of this three-part webinar series explores concepts and support tools found in the AHEM resources. The hour-long interactive webinar incorporates producer specific content and resources and gives participants an opportunity to ask questions about animal health emergency management.

Click link below to register. All workshops are one hour starting at 10:00 am (Mountain) / 12:00 pm noon (Eastern). Dates include:

Webinar 3: Testing, Testing, 1-2-3 – Scenarios for producer Handbook application

While we cannot anticipate every circumstance that may take place during an emergency event, we can create scenarios to test our ability to respond. Understanding how to work together using the AHEM producer Handbook will improve emergency readiness by allowing participants to identify and address existing gaps.

In the final part of this three-part series participants will be introduced to AHEM’s producer-oriented simulation workshops, which give a practical understanding of how AHEM resources are used as guidance before, during and/or after a serious animal disease outbreak.

Participants will benefit from an opportunity to actively work through and fine tune their response as they explore numerous scenario-based exercises.

Click link below to register.

AHEM resources

For more information 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