Vol. 4, No. 10, October 2008
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FDACS?Office of Agricultural Emergency Preparedness has partnered with the
Western Institute of Food Safety and Security (WIFSS) to sponsor DHS Certified
Agroterrorism Courses during October 2008. Although this cycle of AWR 151
"Awareness: Understanding the Dangers of Agroterrorism?courses is complete, there
still may be time to take AWR 152. (While AWR 151 is
recommended, it is not a required pre-requisite for AWR-
AWR-152 "Preparedness: Principles of Preparedness for
Agroterrorism and Food Systems' Disasters
To register or for additional information go to the WIFSS websites:
All courses are free notes Art Johnstone, Director of the Office of Agricultural Emergency Preparedness. Johnstone may be reached at his office (850) 410-6758 or via his mobile phone (850) 251-4184.
Front row L-R: John Haven, Dr. Ruth-Anne Richter, Judy Baum, CVT, Leslie Jones, Dr. Jo Ann Daniels, Dr. Tery Spencer, Connie Brooks. Second row L-R: Dr. Jan Hasse, Laura Bevan, Raquel Aluisy, Dr. Cynda Crawford, Rosemary Lyons. Third row L-R: Dr. Greg Christy, David Perry, Dr. Welch Agnew, Ronnie Graves. Photo courtesy FVMA Advocate.More than 230 people
attended the day-long
Veterinary Disaster Medicine
Symposium hosted by SPCA-
Tampa Bay in Largo.
Practices & Clients for
Disasters,?the event was
supported by a $5,000
grant from the AVMA.
The Symposium vividly
demonstrated how to grow
an oak tree from an acorn.
Here were some of the steps
in that process ?steps that
can be replicated in your
county or neighborhood.
1. Terry Spencer discovers that grant funding is available for local disaster |
2. Spencer takes action and alerts the Pasco County Animal Response Team and
County SART group, which agree to apply for a grant.
3. Jo Ann Daniels volunteers to help develop the idea and write the grant.
4. A Task Force is formed with representatives from three counties: Terry
Spencer (PART), Jo Ann Daniels (PART), Connie Brooks (SPCA-Tampa Bay),
Raquel Aluisy (CHAART) and Judy Baum, CVT (Bay Area DART).
5. The small seminar idea grows into a day-long symposium:
a. for veterinarians, technicians and shelters from nine counties around
Tampa Bay (Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Polk, Sumter, Hernando,
Citrus, Manatee and Sarasota),
b. with demonstrations of animal rescue equipment from the UF VETS
Team, Florida Vet Corps, Sumter County DART Logistics, Bay Area DART
and Pinellas County Ani-mobile, and
c. with displays by commercial vendors.
d. PART, CHAART and Bay Area DART volunteers agree to assist by
demonstrating intake, processing, loading and transporting of animals
affected by a disaster.
6. Phil Hinkle, FVMA Executive Director, is contacted. FVMA enthusiastically
supports the project.
7. The FVMA executive board offers to assist with registration and promotional
materials. It also offers continuing education credit to affiliated attendees.
8. SPCA-Tampa Bay Executive Director Beth Lockwood and Operations Director
Connie Brooks offer a venue and logistical support.
9. SPCA-Tampa Bay Marketing Director Nora Hawkins creates promotional
materials and a program.
10. Rosemary Lyons, Education Coordinator-Pasco County Animal Services,
contacts a caterer and invites vendors and sponsors to set up booths/tables.
11. FDACS provides speakers and links Symposium proceedings to the SART
12. Terry Spencer serves as moderator. Speakers for small, exotic and large
animals include Jo Ann Daniels, Jenifer Chatfield, Ruth-Anne Richter and Judy
(Courtesy FVMA Advocate)
From the 9/18 Situation Report: Major problems in Hardin County were down power lines. In south Jefferson County, major storm surge had crossed Hwy. 73 resulting in livestock and animal deaths. Dead fish scattered in the ditch by the thousands. Cattlemen are trying to move remaining free roaming cattle as there is no feed or fresh water. Teams assisted cattlemen in moving some of the stressed and stranded cattle to better conditions. Teams will continue with recovery in priority regions determined by the Incident Commander. Teams are still on generator power and are self-contained. (Barge in picture is 15-18 miles from the coast in the middle of 73.)
In a Special to the SART Sentinel, the editors interviewed Team Leader David Perry upon his return to Florida. "Our mission,?Perry said, "was to find the large concentrations of animal carcasses. Because the storm surge from Ike was so great and the land is so flat, animals too numerous to count were drowned. We saw cows in trees, and many live animals half-buried in ditches had to be euthanized. It wasn't a pretty picture. After we located the animals or carcass concentrations, commercial disposal companies were hired to pick them up.
"The EMAC team from Florida left on the 15th and returned on the 22nd. We were expected to be fully self-contained, and we were. We camped in our SART trailers in the parking lot of a PetSmart.
"I thought we did a very good job. We did what they asked us to do and then came home. They wanted us to be quick, but thorough. It was only the second time that a self-contained EMAC team ?the first involving Agriculture ?has been sent to the field and both were from Florida.?
Reporting from an airport on the way to assist with Hurricane Ike recovery, Laura Bevan reported on the recent Disaster Animal Response Team (DART) training "Introduction to Animals in Disaster?held at Santa Fe College in Gainesville.
Bevan, who is Southeast Regional Director for the Humane Society of the United States, noted that Humane Society University (www.humanesocietyu.org) teamed with Florida Wildlife Care of Gainesville to sponsor the training. While all 29 enrollees completed the course and received a certificate, only two of the four scheduled instructors were able to finish, one falling to influenza and another called for hurricane response. That left Bevan and Diane Webber, HSUS Chicago Area Director of Emergency Sheltering, as primary instructors.
For information about Florida Wildlife Care (www.floridawildlifecare.org) contact Leslie Straub email@example.com or (352) 371-4443.
After Hurricane Gustav but before Hurricane Ike made landfall, APHIS and the fledgling National Alliance of State Animal and Agricultural Emergency Programs (NASAAEP) co-sponsored a national meeting on pet sheltering: September 10-11, Baltimore, Maryland. Tentatively referred to as the "National Summit on Companion Animal Emergency Management?the meeting provided a forum to educate state emergency responders about federal and non-governmental resources available to assist with pet sheltering during an evacuation. State responders with experience managing pet sheltering during disasters also shared best practices and lessons learned.|
Hilton Orlando/Altamonte Springs
Prior to the meeting, APHIS Animal
Animal Care also responded to Hurricane Ike. Ten Animal Care employees worked as liaisons to Texas operations, provided subject matter expertise to FEMA, conducted needs assessments in the field, and helped regulate facilities.
In both states the number of animals brought to shelters was lower than anticipated, although it was difficult to obtain accurate counts of animals sheltered statewide. Shelter volunteers had many responsibilities and animals arrived and were picked up continuously. Animal Care will work with states to look at ways to streamline this process in the future.
APHIS News for States, October 2008
For more details about a Pandemic Flu outbreak of Avian Influenza see the Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) Web site at http://www.eden.lsu.edu/Issues_View.aspx? IssueID=A59E222E-12A4-4964-AC7C-42E9E01F846A.
Although it has lived in Florida since the 1950s, the Caribbean "crazy ant?has recently received significant press as a pestilential Sunshine State newcomer. Called crazy ants for their "quick and erratic movement,?this insect swarms by the millions.|
broad-range insecticides appear unable to control this nuisance ant.
Distribution of the Caribbean crazy ant, Paratrechina pubens Forel, in Florida. (Illustration John Warner, UF)
According to Phil Koehler, professor of entomology in UF/IFAS Department of Entomology & Nematology, crazy ants are "protein feeders.? Thus, they eat any living thing in their path ?and remember that they swarm by the millions ?that cannot escape: plant juices, other insects, bird hatchlings, picnic baskets?
Is such an ant of interest or concern to SART?
Koehler, as quoted in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, says USDA "has not recognized Caribbean crazy ants as a threat to livestock or crops.? Yet imagine the outcry when the first child is killed in its outdoor playpen ?not to mention the litter of puppies born under the front porch ?or the thousands of birds devoured; birds that would normally dine on agriculturally harmful insect pests. Is there a secondary, perhaps indirect, dark side to the crazy ant as the sheer number of exotics on this fragile peninsula mounts? And if you were an enemy of the U.S., an enemy intent on perpetrating long term harm, would the introduction of exotic species such as the Caribbean crazy ant contribute to the success of your mission?
For additional information about the crazy ant and other exotic creatures of concern in Florida please check out the IFAS web site at http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu.
"Predicted rise in sea level will affect nearly all ecosystems in [Florida]. Based on models, substantial portions of the Everglades could be flooded by 2060, which could severely affect species such as the already critically endangered Florida panther and the snail kite, which are found nowhere else in North America. May areas will be directly affected and others will feel the indirect impact of changing ecosystems and migrating species as they adjust to a possible dynamic and receding coastline. Essentially all ecosystems will be affected by climate change, either directly or indirectly, as both flora and fauna migrate northward.?br>|
Doug Parsons, Partnership Coordinator
Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission
Editor: Rick Sapp, PhD, Technical Writer, Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, Divis of Animal Industry [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Associate Editor: Joe Kight, State ESF-17 Coordinator, Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, Division of Animal Industry [email@example.com]
The SART SENTINEL is an E-mail newsletter prepared monthly by Rick Sapp and the members of the Florida State Agricultural Response Team. Past issues of the Sentinel are archived on the Florida SART Web Site, www.flsart.org.
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