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National Agricultural Biosecurity Center

Research and Resources

NABC helps enhance emergency preparedness and biosecurity knowledge and best practices. Below is a sampling of available tools and resources. 

Livestock Emergency Response Planning Toolkit

This toolkit is designed to assist state, tribal, and territorial government entities in developing an Emergency Operations Plan for responding to a livestock-related emergency such as an infectious or highly contagious foreign or emerging animal disease affecting poultry, exotic, and domestic livestock. The toolkit is separated into several PDF files. 

Livestock Emergency Response Plan Toolkit Template (pdf) and

Supplemental Information (pdf)


Facilitator's Guidebook: Workshop Planning Guide (pdf)

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pptx - LERP Intro

pptx - LERP ConOps

pptx - LERP Principle Parties

pptx - LERP Administration


Participant Workbook: Introduction, Purpose, Scope, Situations, and Assumptions (pdf)

Participant Workbook: Concept of Operations (pdf)

Participant Workbook: Principal Parties Assignment of Responsibilities (pdf)

Participant Workbook: Direction, Control, and Coordination; Information Collection and Resources; Communications; Administration; Plan Development and Maintenance; Authorities and References (pdf)

Food Emergency Response Plan

A food-related emergency involves the adulteration and/or contamination, threatened or actual, of food, that affects or may affect human health. This response plan applies to food emergencies that may involve a large number of people in a small area or that are widespread, involving a number of localities or states. The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture Food Emergency Response Plan (pdf) template and supplemental information (pdf) documents are designed to help develop a seamless system of food defense between local, state, and federal jurisdictions.

Classical Swine Fever Pathways Analysis

The threat of agroterrorism and increased globalization of trade and travel have increased concern for either intentional or accidental introduction of a foreign animal disease to the U.S. Classical Swine Fever was eradicated from the U.S. but remains endemic in many regions of the world. NABC's report (pdf) evaluates the pathways by which CSF could enter the country, describes the risks for dissemination of the virus, and overviews detection methods and surveillance strategies. 

Technical Information Reporting Guides

These guides use easily understood terminology and are written for nonscientific personnel to use to communicate with diagnostic labs, veterinarians, and other officials responsible for animal health as they work to recognize and address disease outbreaks. Read a sample on Peste Des Petits Ruminants, or PPR (pdf). Contact NABC to obtain guides on the following topics:

  • African Horse Sickness
  • African Swine Fever
  • Classical Swine Fever
  • Equine Encephalomyelitis
  • Foot-and-Mouth Disease
  • Hendra Virus and Nipah Virus Infection
  • Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza
  • Newcastle Disease
  • Peste Des Petits Ruminants
  • Rift Valley Fever 

Veterinary Response Capabilities Country Profiles

NABC characterized the agricultural and veterinary capabilities of countries in 2011 to determine their capacity to plan and respond to a high-consequence animal/zoonotic disease outbreak or event. Information for the reports was gathered from open-source documentation and personal interviews with people involved in the animal health industry in the countries. PDF reports and executive summaries are below. For more information, contact NABC.

Kenya: Executive summary (pdf) and report (pdf)

South Africa: Executive summary (pdf) and report (pdf)

Uganda: Executive summary (pdf) and report (pdf)

Animal Disease Response Training

NABC personnel offer Animal Disease Response Training to help local and county emergency responders know what to do in an animal disease outbreak. Read news about the training or request more information by filling out the form below.

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