First responders need to prepare for agroterrorism
Topics to be discussed during the workshop will include:
- Identifying targets.
- Developing prevention.
- Protection and mitigation strategies.
- Building multidisciplinary response teams.
- Identifying the roles of government agencies in an incident.
- Principles of agroterrorism preparedness.
- Weapons of mass destruction and methods of dissemination.
- Identifying vulnerabilities and gathering intelligence.
- Hardening targets and mitigation strategies.
- Detection and diagnosis strategies and enhancing surveillance.
- Principles of biosecurity.
- Key elements of immediate and long-term response.
The workshop is the second of six courses in the Western Institute for Food Safety and Security Agro-terrorism Preparedness Curriculum for Frontline Responders series, Marrison said. The program is run by the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine and College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
The program is from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Ashtabula County Expo Center, 127 North Elm St., in Jefferson, Ohio. The deadline to register for the free workshop is June 2. To register, go to ruraltraining.org. For more information about the event, contact Marrison at firstname.lastname@example.org or 440-576-9008, ext. 106.