Functional Capabilities: Environmental Health, Food, Agriculture, and Veterinary Medicine

  • Capabilities relating to environmental health, veterinary medicine, agricultural and food hazard prevention, protection preparedness, response, mitigation, and recovery.
  • These tools and resources consist of best and emerging practices that further the resilience of environmental, agricultural, food and animal-related health and safety.
LinkTool/Resource NameHow this Tool is UsefulKey CapabilitiesFunctional Capability Sets
Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Considerations for Children and Families: Workshop SummaryPreparedness, Response and Recovery Considerations for Children and Families is the summary of a workshop convened in June, 2013 by the Institute of Medicine Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Catastrophic Events to discuss disaster preparedness, response, and resilience relative to the needs of children and families, including children with special health care needs.
  • All-hazards threat identification and characterization—natural and manmade, including aging and deteriorating infrastructure, technological threats, and climate change
  • Assessment of community health resilience demographics (geography and climate, population factors, housing characteristics, economic and environmental factors, jurisdictions within the community, and cultural and political (e.g., home rule) issues and human factors of relevance to community health
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  • Children and Disasters – Preparedness, Planning, Response and Recovery Efforts
  • Continuity of Business and Operations, and Supply Chain Management
  • Coordination and Collaboration across Jurisdictions, Sectors, and Disciplines
  • Critical Infrastructure and Associated Interdependencies; Risk Assessment, and Mitigation
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Early Childhood Disaster-Related Resources for Children and FamiliesCheck out the fact sheets, guides, family tools, and activities for young children below that can help you and your entire family prepare, respond to, and recover from disasters.
  • Children and Disasters – Preparedness, Planning, Response and Recovery Efforts
  • Effective plans and policies for health resilience response, mitigation, and recovery
  • Population-based preparedness and resilience, particularly for at-risk populations and for women and infants
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  • Children and Disasters – Preparedness, Planning, Response and Recovery Efforts
  • Coordination and Collaboration across Jurisdictions, Sectors, and Disciplines
  • Environmental Health, Food, Agriculture, and Veterinary Medicine
  • Financial and Broader Resourcing Challenges
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All-Hazards Preparedness for Rural CommunitesThis All-Hazard booklet was developed as a resource for citizens of rural agricultural communities –individuals, farmers and producers, businesses –with the hope of raising awareness of the natural and man-made threats to these communities and their commodities. These threats can include natural disaster situations (e.g., floods, tornadoes); biological emergencies (e.g., pandemic flu, food safety recalls) and man-made or technological threats (e.g., bio-or agro-terrorism, agro-chemical situations).
  • Agriculture surveillance and food safety/security (from source to consumer)
  • All-hazards threat identification and characterization—natural and manmade, including aging and deteriorating infrastructure, technological threats, and climate change
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  • Environmental Health, Food, Agriculture, and Veterinary Medicine
Environmental Health and Food, Agriculture, and Veterinary MedicineThe WHO Guide to sanitation in natural disasters (Assar, 1971) summarized the essential aspects of environmental health management in disasters. These included the provision of emergency water and sanitation services; the burial or cremation of the dead; vector and pest control; food hygiene; and the assessment of the danger of epidemics following emergencies and disasters, etc. Thirty years later these aspects remain essential, though the needs, challenges and opportunities are greater.
  • Agriculture surveillance and food safety/security (from source to consumer)
  • Emergency public health and medical, including mental health services (e.g., availability, certification, mobile assets, emergency triage and pre-hospital treatment, use of remote care technologies)
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  • Environmental Health, Food, Agriculture, and Veterinary Medicine
The U.S. Climate Resilience ToolkitThe U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit provides scientific tools, information, and expertise to help people manage their climate-related risks and opportunities, and improve their resilience to extreme events. The site is designed to serve interested citizens, communities, businesses, resource managers, planners, and policy leaders at all levels of government.
  • All-hazards threat identification and characterization—natural and manmade, including aging and deteriorating infrastructure, technological threats, and climate change
  • Assessment of community health resilience demographics (geography and climate, population factors, housing characteristics, economic and environmental factors, jurisdictions within the community, and cultural and political (e.g., home rule) issues and human factors of relevance to community health
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  • Continuity of Business and Operations, and Supply Chain Management
  • Critical Infrastructure and Associated Interdependencies; Risk Assessment, and Mitigation
  • Education, Training, and Exercises
  • Environmental Health, Food, Agriculture, and Veterinary Medicine
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Iowa Disaster Recovery FrameworkThis Iowa Disaster Recovery Framework (IDRF) includes input from the Iowa Disaster Recovery Tabletop Exercise held June 24, 2010, lessons learned from the 2008 disasters, including the establishment of the Rebuild Iowa Advisory Commission and the Rebuild Iowa Office, and the National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF) currently in development.
  • Emergency mutual assistance agreements
  • Emergency public health and medical, including mental health services (e.g., availability, certification, mobile assets, emergency triage and pre-hospital treatment, use of remote care technologies)
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  • Environmental Health, Food, Agriculture, and Veterinary Medicine
Community Pet Preparedness ToolkitReady.gov has made it a priority to support and expand the impact of volunteers who have stepped up to be a part of the solution. We maintain our sustained commitment to volunteers by supplying toolkits for grassroots efforts and providing training through Citizen Corps.
  • Emergency public health and medical, including mental health services (e.g., availability, certification, mobile assets, emergency triage and pre-hospital treatment, use of remote care technologies)
  • Environmental health management
  • Environmental Health, Food, Agriculture, and Veterinary Medicine
Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) Monitoring and Compliance OverviewOverview of ADT
  • Agriculture surveillance and food safety/security (from source to consumer)
  • Environmental Health, Food, Agriculture, and Veterinary Medicine
Animal Disease Traceability (ADT): Monitoring and Compliancein early 2010, USDA Secretary Thomas J. Vilsack announced a new approach for responding to and controlling animial diseases, referred to as the Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) framework. The monitoring and compliance report provides general guidelines the VS, State, and Tribal animal health officials may use to help ensure high levels of compliance with regulations. It also suggests administrative processes that can be carried out by reviewing various records.
  • Agriculture surveillance and food safety/security (from source to consumer)
  • Environmental Health, Food, Agriculture, and Veterinary Medicine
Animal Health Policy and Implementation Evident Plan. Policy protfolio: Animal Health and Welfare: Disease Control. Policy area within portfolio: Aniaml Health Policy and ImplementationA current Defra Business Plan priority is to "support and develop British farming and encourage susttainable food production". The key policy outcomes associated with this priority are to "enchance the competiveness and resilience of the whole food chain including farms and the fishing industry, to ensure a secure, envirnomentally sustainable and healthy supply of food with improved standards of animal welfar". Ministers have identified that controlling animal disease is a key priority for Defra. The need to proactively safeguard animal health by monitoring animal disease threats and increasing the UK's resilience to deal with disease outbreaks is recongised as a priority for Defra to deliver economic growth.
  • Agriculture surveillance and food safety/security (from source to consumer)
  • Animal disease surveillance, investigation, and response
  • Environmental Health, Food, Agriculture, and Veterinary Medicine
Radiation Injury Treatment NetworkThe network is comprised of transplant centers, donor centers, and cord blood banks spread throughout the US. The RITN brochure provides links to treatment resources, training opportunities, and exercise protocols all in response to radiation injuries.
  • Emergency public health and medical, including mental health services (e.g., availability, certification, mobile assets, emergency triage and pre-hospital treatment, use of remote care technologies)
  • HAZMAT management (response, removal)
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  • Environmental Health, Food, Agriculture, and Veterinary Medicine
  • Response Challenges
FSIS (Food Safety and Inspection Service) DirectiveThis directive describes the Food Defense Surveillance Procedures that Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), Office of Program Evaluatoin, Enforcement and Review (OPEER), Compliance and Investigations Divisin (CID) personnel are to perform and the frequency with which these procedures are to be performed. This directive also describes additional actions that are to be followed at in-commerce facilities and facilities (other than official import inspection establishments) located at ports-of-entry ("facilities") when the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issues a National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) alert.
  • Agriculture surveillance and food safety/security (from source to consumer)
  • Critical Infrastructure and Associated Interdependencies; Risk Assessment, and Mitigation
  • Environmental Health, Food, Agriculture, and Veterinary Medicine
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