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Modules Teaching Units and Support Materials Web Download

SART Team Core

Introducing SART
Subject: Introduce participants to the disasters that are common and possible in Florida, the agencies that respond to these disasters, the need for the State and County Agricultural Response Teams (SART and CART) and provide oversight to the training event and modules composing it.

Creating a County SART
This publication provides guidance and material for those implementing a County SART training event. This toolkit can be used in conjunction with all the current lesson plans available for training.?
FSA Overview


Introducing Florida Aquaculture
Subject: Introduce participants to Florida's aquaculture industry and describe the roles different agencies have in Florida aquaculture.

Aquatic Animal Disease
Subject: Aquaculture may be Florida’s least known, important commodity. This unit introduces participants to diseases that can affect aquatic animals in Florida’s aquaculture industry.
Emergency Management and Quarantine of Aquaculture Facilities
Subject: Aquaculture may be Florida’s least known, important commodity. This unit introduces participants to needs and procedures in helping an aquaculture facility respond to a man-made or natural disaster.
Aquaculture Table-Top: What Goes Around?/h5>
Subject: This activity provides an opportunity to analyze a fictional emergency management and quarantine situation at an aquaculture facility. Participants can enhance their knowledge and critical thinking skills needed to assist in an emergency situation.

Pets in Disaster

Personal Planning
Subject: Recommend ways to plan on a personal level for pets in disasters.

Sheltering Options in Mass Evacuations
Subject: Introduce participants to sheltering options for pets in mass evacuations.

Should Hotels and Motels Welcome Pets in Disasters?
This fact sheet was prepared by the University of Florida Extension Service and the Florida State Agricultural Response Team (SART), which is a group of agencies dedicated to effectively communicating and planning for animals and agriculture in disasters.
Identifying Community Needs and Resources
Subject: Identify community needs and resources for dealing with pets in disasters and help participants plan a workshop on an action plan for pets in disasters.

Preparing an Action Plan
Subject: Conduct an organizational meeting for a community committee for pets in disaster and begin developing an action plan for the committee.

Organizing Pet-Friendly Evacuation Shelters
Subject: This unit will assist in organizing a pet-friendly evacuation shelter guided by best practices developed through experience with real disasters
Emergency First Aid for Cats and Dogs
Subject: The purpose of this unit is to introduce trainees to basic concepts of the main components of emergency first aid for small animals: animal behavior, treatment practices, and emergency management procedures. The top priority in the emergency care of animals is always the safety of human caretakers.

Climate-Based Decision Tools

Using Climate Forecasts in Agriculture
Subject: Introduce basic concepts about climate, specifically the El Nino and La Nina phenomena and their impact on southeastern United States. Introduce participants to the AgClimate Web site and the tools it provides.


Fighting Agricultural Terrorism in Florida
Subject: This course provides important information on security awareness for everyone involved with Florida agriculture. This course covers topics on agroterrroism deterrence, prevention, detection, response and recovery.

Mission: The course objectives are to: 1) recognize potential terrorist threats, 2) identify three types of devices used in terrorist activity, 3) identify vulnerabilities in facilities, farms, and food production processes under your jurisdiction, 4) list the key steps in uniform and credential care, 5) know the correct procedures for reporting potential terrorism related activities, and 6) define your role I helping Florida return to normal after a crisis.
The Threat of Agroterrorism and Bioterrorism in Florida
Subject: Introduce the possibilities for agroterrorism and the developing organization to prevent and cope should an incident occur.

Mission: Provide a basic understanding of the potential for agroterrorism and bioterrorism and how citizens and government can organize for prevention and effective response.

Introducing the Farm Service Agency

Introducing the Farm Service Agency
Subject: Introduce participants to the U. S. Dept. of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) and the programs it oversees.

Mission: To empower team members with a basic understanding of the USDA’s Farm Service Agency so that they will better recognize those who may benefit from FSA programs.

Introducing Florida’s Plant Industry

Introducing Florida’s Plant Industry
Subject: Introduce participants to the scope and extent of plant agriculture in Florida

Mission: Empower participants with the background knowledge to assess their community’s agricultural characteristics; this understanding will help them develop action plans for potentially hazardous situations.

Livestock and Horses

Introducing Florida's Livestock and Horse Industries
Subject: An overview of Florida's remarkably diverse horse and livestock industries, their relative sizes and contributions to the state's economy.

Foreign Animal Disease Recognition
Subject: Foreign animal diseases pose a special danger to Florida agriculture. These dangers are discussed, nine specific diseases are described, and some methods of farm security are recommended.

Emergency Management of Large Animals
Subject: Emergency management of large animals during a disaster requires a basic understanding of animal behavior, emergency management procedures, and preparedness. The top priority is always the safety of human caretakers.

Recognizing and Responding to Foreign Animal Diseases
Subject: Dangers of Foreign Animal Diseases (FAD)
How FADs are transmitted
FDAs that pose the greatest threat to Florida and US
How to deal with FADs
Resources for further study

Biosecurity for Florida Producers
Subject: Biosecurity for the Florida Producer is crucial for developing effective prevention measures to preserve agriculture through an increased understanding of industry vulnerability, premises and worker security, animal protection, prevention activities, and emergency procedures.

An Entomological Perspective for Emergency Agricultural Response

An Entomological Perspective for Emergency Agricultural Response
Subject: Florida is a "sentinel state" for exotic plants, animals and insects. A variety of exotic insect pests is now present in Florida with potential to do great harm to the state's agriculture. The state is on guard to prevent others from entering.

Exotic Plant Diseases

Three Exotic Plant Diseases Threatening Florida
Subject: Plant sectors in Florida's economy face multiple imported exotic disease threats: citrus with the potentially devastating citrus greening; soybeans with soybean rust; and both nursery plants and outdoor oak trees with sudden oak death.

Quality and Secure Plant and Insect Sample Submissions

Subject: Introduce the basic concepts of packing and shipping plant and insect samples for laboratory analysis.

Evidence Preservation and Chain of Custody Issues

Subject: The purpose of this unit is to introduce basic concepts about identification and preservation of crime scenes, evidence collection, and chain of custody issues to individuals not directly involved in law enforcement or crime investigation.