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AWR 152 6.50 hour instructor-led course

Principles of Preparedness for Agroterrorism and Food System Disasters

Provides the skills and knowledge to recognize vulnerabilities to an agricultural or food system disaster. Topics include identifying targets, developing prevention, protection and mitigation strategies, building multidisciplinary response teams, and identifying the roles of the government agencies throughout an incident. This is the second of six courses in the WIFSS Agroterrorism Preparedness Curriculum for Frontline Responders series.

AWR 152 is designed to prepare members of emergency response teams to evaluate the overall risk of an intentional attack on a segment of agriculture or a segment of the food system and to provide information about methods to limit vulnerabilities in identified targets. Participants will learn to evaluate the impact of an incident on the entire food system (food continuum) or on a specific segment of the food system. The course will also provide information to enable participants to more clearly understand the threats that are posed to agriculture and the food system. Emergency response team personnel will develop skills to assess vulnerabilities and identify targets to assist in preventing or mitigating an intentional attack on the agriculture or food system.

The overall WIFSS Agroterrorism Preparedness Curriculum for Frontline Responders, consisting of six courses, provides a flexible approach to enhance the agroterrorism response capabilities of all constituents in the agricultural sector. The training curriculum focuses on existing local emergency response teams and others who must respond to an agroterrorism incident in an effective and coordinated manner with state and federal antiterrorism teams. Training includes the food and agriculture industries, so they are fully informed and ready to assume their roles on local frontline emergency response teams. The training takes place in the local environment, but will emphasize integration with state and federal emergency response systems.

The WIFSS agroterrorism curriculum addresses the needs of agricultural frontline emergency responders including (but not limited to) individuals from different elements in communities such as public health, environmental health, law enforcement, fire services, food and agriculture industries, agricultural representatives, public officials, emergency services representatives, veterinarians, and emergency responders. The curriculum includes built-in flexibility to tailor individual courses to the needs of specific sector interests, while preserving the delivery of a core set of key information to all training participants. This built-in flexibility increases its utility and applicability to a wide variety of training circumstances.

Course Prerequisites

Recommended: AWR 151 Understanding the Dangers of Agroterrorism

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