Acronyms! Wow can we generate some acronyms.
ICS Incident Command System
NIMS National Incident Management System
NCAHEM National Center for Animal Health Emergency Management
NAHERC National Animal Health Emergency Response Corps
VS (USDA APHIS VS) Veterinary Services (as opposed to VSV – Vesicular Stomatitis Virus)
If you’re going to play in this game you must know how to communicate. Otherwise you become “noise in the system” which is another way of saying an impediment to accomplishing a goal.
Yes the fires are already burning. So this is a bit late to the party. Still if you want to help, remember that old adage, “Ready. Aim. Fire!”
It really does help to know what you’re doing and get that process in the right order! Too often the Fire! part is the first thing we do. (We do like action, don’t we?) But being an important, contributing part in a larger whole means learning how to function in the role you’re assigned.
Efforts are underway in many places around the state to (re-) create or (re-) invigorate the old CART (County Animal Response Teams) or similar groups that were formed in the wake of Rodeo-Chediski, Exotic Newcastle’s Disease epidemic, and other nasties that Mother Nature threw at AZ in the early 2000s.
Please consider helping – and in a manner that’s helpful! Contacting your county emergency response folks would be a good place to start if you’re interested, as well as folks here in the SVO (state vet’s office).
Some of you may remember that I mentioned a couple of months back that USDA APHIS VS was closing the AZ Area Office (located in Tempe).
We received a letter today notifying the public that health certificate endorsements will end on May 31, 2012.
So please be aware after that date, all endorsements will be handled via appointment and/or mail return service out of the Albuquerque, NM office. Please plan accordingly!
Due to the confirmation of Vesicular Stomatitis Virus in equine in NM, AZ has tightened entry requirements on livestock entering from NM.
A CVI (certificate of veterinary inspection) otherwise known as a health certificate is now required within 15 days of entry for all livestock from NM.
Also a prior Entry Permit # is now also required for equine entering AZ (as has been the case for other livestock) so that we may verify origin is not within a known quarantine area.
I know this adds to folks’ obstacles to travel into AZ. But I hope folks realize we’re trying hard to prevent this disease from creating bigger problems for folks in AZ.
You can read the entire Administrative Order at the AZ Dept of AG web site or follow the link I put in.