The “Preparing the Nova Scotia Livestock Sector for Disease-Related Sector-Wide Emergencies – Producer Handbook” has been developed to help operators and staff prepare for disease-related sector-wide emergencies.
The components of this handbook have been collaboratively developed with input and technical support from livestock commodity organizations across Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and several provincial governments including:
– Alberta Agriculture and Forestry
– BC Ministry of Agriculture
– Manitoba Agriculture
– Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture
– Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs
– Quebec Agriculture Ministry
While emergencies are nearly impossible to predict, there are things you can do to minimize the impact. This handbook has been developed to help producers plan, prepare, and respond to disease-related events that create a sector-wide emergency.
We all have a role to play in protecting and strengthening our industry. As industry experts, with boots in the dirt, producers and their staff are the first line of defense in an emergency situation. This handbook introduces three key themes to help guide people on the ground who will be required to:
– Understand; know the industry risks and impacts of serious animal diseases and the producer requirements during a disease-related sector-wide emergency
– Prepare; be aware of tools that can better equip an operation for a disease-related emergency
– Respond; know specific protocols, roles and responsibilities during a disease emergency