The Washington State Department of Agriculture is responsible for responding to animal and agricultural emergencies that happen in our state. The United States Department of Agriculture and WSDA work in partnership to plan, and coordinate emergencies and responses to protect the state's agriculture. WSDA, USDA, and others within the animal and agricultural sector work to prevent and respond to foreign animal disease outbreaks, dangerous plant or pest infestations, food and feed safety outbreaks, radiological releases and bioterrorism attacks.
The WSDA Emergency Management program assists the state by preparing trainings, exercises, and outreach activities. As well as assisting in response and recovery actions during natural or man-made emergencies and disasters.
Agriculture and Natural Disasters
Information and links for farmers and ranchers on resources available to them after a natural disaster.
Protecting Animal Health and our Livestock Industry
Information for livestock producers, dairies, and pet owners.
Steps to take in the event of a radiation emergency for farmers, ranchers, and the public.
Visit the state of Washington Emergency Resources website for information on a variety of natural disasters and homeland security threats. Here are a few key resources for general preparation.
- All-Hazards Preparedness for Rural Communities, The Center for Food Security and Public Health
- Washington State Emergency Management Division
- Disaster Preparedness for Veterinarians, American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
- Natural Disasters and Severe Weather, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Pet Friendly Hotel Travel Options:
WSDA is the primary coordinating agency for the Washington State Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan, Emergency Support Function 11: Agriculture and Natural Resources. All other Washington State Comprehensive Emergency Management Plans are located on the Washington State Emergency Management Department's website here.
- Emergency Support Function 11 Plan (2017) [PDF 784 KB]
- Emergency Support Function 11 Appendix 2: State Animal Plan (2017) [PDF 766 KB]
- Emergency Support Function 11 Appendix 3: State Plant Health Plan (2017) [PDF 505 KB]
- Emergency Support Function 11 Appendix 4: State Food and Feed Safety Plan [PDF 790 KB]
The Washington State Department of Agriculture coordinates with USDA APHIS for guidance on foreign animal disease response activities. Their website [external link], provides resources on all Foreign Animal Disease Prepared (FAD PReP) documents, disease response plans, standard operating procedures, reference guides, links to SecureFood Supply Plans, and more. WSDA recognizes USDA as the industry leader in these plans and coordinates for effective state and federal responses.
WSDA understands that emergencies and disasters start locally. This is why we encourage and work with ourlocal jurisdictions to reach out to us for assistance.
The PETS Act amends the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to ensure that State and local emergency preparedness operational plans address the needs of individuals with household pets andservice animals following a major disaster. For additional resources on the PETS Act, and what it means for jurisdiction, visit the American Veterinary Medical Association's page and their frequently asked questions.
Trainings and Exercise
The WSDA is dedicated to assisting our state in preparing for animal and agriculture natural disasters. It has beenthrough much collaboration and dedication to outreach that we reach out to our county and regional partners toexercise and train with local, state, and federal partners. Below are examples of past exercises we have conducted with these entities. For additional exercise materials and after action reviews, please contact us. We are dedicated to assisting others in preparing their communities for emergencies and disasters in their own neighborhoods.
Foreign Animal Disease Tabletop Exercises: