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United States National Animal Health Emergency Management System
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The United States National Animal Health Emergency
System (NAHEMS, 1) focuses its attention on cooperation,
collaboration and preparedness ("prevent, prepare, respond,
The first part discusses progress on the seven
"Action Guidelines", with a progress report on each in
1. Strengthen Partnerships and Networks
2. Reinforce Federal, State and Industry Coordination
3. Support Animal Disease Research and Diagnostics
4. Improve Monitoring and Surveillance / International
and Domestic Coordination Objectives
5. Expand Training, Education and Public Awareness
6. Build a National Preparedness and Response
7. Develop Emergency Preparedness and Response
Then there is a list of five goals and their objectives:
1. Build an effective and coordinated national
2. Develop coordinated emergency response plans
3. Improve the national animal health surveillance
4. Improve the research and development that support
Objective 1. Facilitate information exchange of
US & global research initiatives in support of animal health
& emergency management. a. Create a database (a webpage
within the NAHEMS web site) of concurrent research activities in
animal health emergency management (Ex: biosecurity, rapid diagnostics,
policy issues, etc.)
Objective 2. Assess research & policy
activities for gaps or requirements....
5. Expand training, education, and public awareness
to support the NAHEMS.
Reports from this organisation are to be published
This would seem to be an admirable approach and
the commitment to succeed is impressive, including funding for necessary
research and services. If only the powers that be in the UK could
please get on and implement the recommendations of the various FMD
Inquiries and work in a coordinated and less legalistic manner.
The current Contingency Plans are not impressive (2)
although it is understood that DEFRA may be updating theirs shortly.
The lack of an equitable distribution of funds from the EC for work
in this area is also alarming (3).
In addition to the various FMD Inquiry Reports
(4), another guideline for those in authority in
the UK would be the report from the US National Animal Emergency
Management System (NAHEMS).
1. United States National Animal
Health Emergency Management System, Annual Report, 2001 (Download
2. FMD Contingency Planning Reports
3. UK not included in EU funding
for control of animal disease, Dundee Courier, 19/10/02 (View
4. The various Foot and Mouth
Disease Inquiry reports can be downloaded here.