Regulatory Brief

 Presidential Policy Directive 8 Draft National Frameworks and Draft Recovery Interagency Operational Plan

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) solicited public input on the working drafts of the National Planning Frameworks for Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, and Response, as well as the initial draft of the Recovery Interagency Operational Plan (IOP).

Brief Description:

As part of the Presidential Policy Directive 8 (PPD-8): National Preparedness, which was signed in March 2011, the National Frameworks and the IOP are intended to define key preparedness roles and responsibilities for all whole community partners involved in emergency and disaster prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery.

AVMA Response:

Agriculture accounts for approximately 15% of the GDP, 18% of the U.S. workforce, and $1.2 trillion in business. Certain diseases, such as foot and mouth disease (FMD), classical swine fever (CSF), high path avian influenza (HPAI), would cause devastation at many levels (including international trade) if they were to occur within the animal population of the United States. FMD is estimated to be a + billion dollar disease if it were to occur in the U.S. The AVMA, which is a member of the Sector Coordinating Council (SCC) of the Food and Agriculture Sector [one of the 18 Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources (CIKR) within the DHS National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP)], is keenly aware of the national devastation possible by certain animal diseases.

Additionally, the AVMA supports comprehensive coordination of command and control for implementation of the PETS Act of 2006. This is necessary to resolve significant gaps for effective implementation at all levels of government. The AVMA also urges Federal and State agencies to ensure that animal health, food safety, and zoonotic disease issues are included in the National Response Framework and state-level emergency operations plans. The AVMA strongly recommends that emergency management organizations include veterinarians in the planning process and response operations. The health of animals, humans, and the environment are inextricably linked (i.e. One Health) and food safety is crucial; thus, veterinary expertise and input are vital to the success of the overall emergency management process. The AVMA encourages veterinary professionals in all facets of public, private, and government sectors to communicate and participate with their local and state emergency management organizations to ensure that veterinary medical resources are integrated in emergency management plans. Disaster planning should encompass the "all animals – all hazards" philosophy and include mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.

Background Documents:

Draft National Planning Framework for Prevention (PDF) and the AVMA's response (XLS)

Draft National Planning Framework for Protection (PDF) and the AVMA's response (XLS)

Draft National Planning Framework for Mitigation (PDF) and the AVMA's response (XLS)

Draft National Planning Framework for Response (PDF) and the AVMA's response (XLS)

Draft Recovery Interagency Operational Plan (IOP) (PDF) and the AVMA's response (XLS)

Relevant AVMA Policies: