During the highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreak in 2015, many poultry companies recognized the need to better prepare and implement response plans to such incidents as well as improve collaboration with federal response agencies.

All government agencies are mandated to use a standardized, all-hazards approach and organizational structure when responding to natural disasters, disease outbreaks or other crises. This approach is called the Incident Command System (ICS). Although the private sector is not required to use the ICS structure, companies that are at least familiar with the system are in a better position to anticipate and coordinate with responding agencies.

USPOULTRY is releasing a CD-based guide explaining the purpose of incident response planning, providing a general outline of the Incident Command System and including a comprehensive template to build an Incident Management Team, helping plan and track actions during an emergency situation. The materials were developed by Georgia Tech Research Institute with input and review by USPOULTRY and the United Egg Producers.

The CDROM is available free of charge to USPOULTRY member companies and may be purchased for $200 by non-members. Copies of the CD-ROM may be ordered online by clicking here.