Public invited to meeting to assess animal disease threat

Posted February 7, 2013 at 1:29 pm

Agriculture plays a very important role in southwest Missouri, providing thousands of jobs and millions to the local economy, as well as to the state of Missouri, and the nation. In support of the agriculture industry, the Region D Homeland Security Oversight Committee (RHSOC) sponsored two agriculture regional exercises, one in late 2010, and the other in early 2011. These exercises tested the region’s ability to respond to animal disease emergencies and help the region determine their capabilities in responding to these emergencies.

Following these exercises, the RHSOC decided to continue to assess the capabilities of the region by sponsoring county level exercises and grouping counties together that share a common animal disease threat. Our county has been paired with Polk County; a Foot and Mouth Disease in Cattle exercise has been scheduled for 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, in the Polk County Emergency Operations Center, 1705 S. Lillian, Suite B, Bolivar.

We have chosen a late morning-early afternoon meeting to allow our non-traditional and traditional stakeholders from the two counties an opportunity to meet and discuss how we can coordinate local resources, as well as work across county lines in response to an animal disease outbreak. Lunch will be provided.

To derive the maximum benefit from this exercise, the planning team asks that you or a member of your organization, participate in the exercise. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m., with the exercise beginning at 10 a.m. We look forward to seeing you at the exercise. Please R.S.V.P. to Arlo Rupke, Cedar County EMD.