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National Alliance of State Animal and Agricultural Emergency Programs Summit

Eric Thompson

Biography: Eric is currently the Director of Emergency Operations for Code 3 Associates and the Chair for the National Animal Rescue and Sheltering Coalition (NARSC). He is also the Operations Manager for the Kansas City area Emergency Equine Response (EERU) and Animal Search and Rescue (ASAR) team. Previously, Eric has served in numerous positions with law enforcement, emergency management consulting, and as a wildlife and parks biologist technician.   Eric is certified in swift water rescue, technical rope rescue, confined space rescue, Haz-woper, and wildfire response. As the Director of Code 3 Associates, he specializes in large animal technical rescue and has spent a great deal of time training various animal response teams in ASAR and large animal technical rescue throughout the United States. Presentation: National Program Updates National Animal Rescue and Sheltering Coalition (NARSC) updates and case study from South Carolina Deployment October 2015 weather patterns produced record flooding in parts of South Carolina and other East Coast States. This incident, like so many others, provided challenges and achievements at many levels of both governmental and non-governmental organizations. This presentation will highlight the cooperative response organized with the State of South Carolina Emergency Management, and the National Animal Rescue and Sheltering Coalition (NARSC). Topics include: How/when to activate support resources; what type of resources to order, stage or provide directly to the response; problems with “rogue” groups; response achievements; sheltering and transportation problem-solving; keys to success using multi-agency coordination, and more!
Jimmy Tickel, DVM Biography: Dr Tickel, a graduate of North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, has worked with NCDA & CS Emergency Programs as a Regional Veterinarian for 25 years and as mixed Practice Veterinarian previous to that.   He has worked in numerous events as Incident Commander/Operations Section Chief and has trained personnel on local, state, and national level in preparedness/response for both natural disasters and diseases with an emphasis on business continuity and recovery.  Dr. Tickel serves as an Adjunct Professor at NC State Veterinary College where he trains Vet Students in practitioner roles for their communities/state in disaster/disease management.  He has worked with the Secure Food and Zoo programs for Foreign Animal Disease response on both State and National level.  Presentation: Updates on Initiatives from the Zoo and Aquarium All Hazards Preparedness, Response, and Recovery (ZAHP) Fusion Center (PDF) The ZAHP Fusion Center (loosely stands for Zoo and Aquarium All Hazards Preparedness Response and Recovery Fusion Center) serves as a hub for all-hazards preparedness information for the managed wildlife community. Currently headquartered at the Association of Zoos and Aquariums office in Silver Spring Maryland, the Center partners with stakeholders across the managed wildlife community. This presentation will provide an update on current ZAHP projects, including: • The ZAHP Fusion Center’s response to the outbreak of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in the US in 2014 including “ZAHP Chats”, conference calls designed to connect the zoological community with subject matter experts on prevention and mitigation strategies for our collections and address any information gaps for the community. • Outcomes of an Internet exercise, sponsored by United States Department of Agriculture that tested a Concept of Operations Plan for scenarios describing HPAI outbreaks involving zoological institutions in three different states.  • Development of a training program that will be available on-line for managed wildlife facilities to use to develop their own Contingency Plan. • Progress of the ‘Secure Zoo’ project; the Secure Zoo Strategy is currently using Foot-and-Mouth disease as the hazard of concern, but will ultimately be applicable to many hazards affecting the managed wildlife community.

Holli Tietjen, BS, MS

Biography: Holli Tietjen is the Assistant Director of Emergency Management at the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC).  Prior to TAHC, Holli worked in public health for 7 years.  Holli has a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and a Master’s degree in Epidemiology.  As the TAHC Assistant Director of Emergency Management, her major duties involve local planning with animal issues committees, disease outbreak planning efforts and emergency response in disasters. Presentation: Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) Horseback Emergency Response Team This will be a presentation about the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) Horseback Emergency Response Team. The presentation will discuss the training and exercise needs and deployment capabilities of this Emergency Management Association of Texas (EMAT) award winning team. Animal Planning Issues in a Disaster This presentation will focus on emergency response on behalf of animals. This session will discuss how and why veterinarians can provide leadership in emergency preparedness activities at the local and regional level. This includes how to get involved with and what needs to be accomplished by local animal issues planning committees.

Jeff Turner, Director of Emergency Management

Biography: Jeff is the Director of Emergency Management for the Texas Animal Health Commission. He has been involved in emergency management for many years. Prior to working with Texas Animal Health, he served as a local emergency manager for a jurisdiction in central Texas. Jeff has several certifications in emergency management. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management with a minor in Fire Science. When Jeff isn’t engaged in emergency management activities with the Animal Health Commission, he spends his time working on his family’s ranch raising commercial cattle and show lambs. Presentation: Fever Tick Response in Texas In August 2014, the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) working closely with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) began what would become a long-term response to movement of the cattle fever tick north of the permanent quarantine zone in Texas. In October 2014, TAHC placed a temporary Preventative Quarantine Area on 223,000 acres in Cameron County, Texas. From October 2014 until March 2016, TAHC/USDA unified command was used at the Cameron County Incident Command Post. This presentation will cover the outbreak timeline, the response effort, and the lessons learned. Scalable Disease Response in Texas This presentation will address the use of the Incident Command System (ICS) in animal disease response in Texas. Specifically, the scalable nature of ICS will be discussed as it relates to the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) response to Bovine Tuberculosis, Cattle Fever Tick, and Piroplasmosis testing in Texas.

Ty Vannieuwenhoven, DVM, MPH, MSS

Biography: Dr. Ty Vannieuwenhoven is the Chief Veterinary Officer for the National Disaster Medical System of the US Department of Health and Human Services.  His serves as the veterinary medical program manager coordinating the activities of the National Veterinary Response Team and other veterinary medical and veterinary public health activities under Emergency Support Function 8 and to represent animal and human-animal interface issues in HHS plans.  Ty is a native of Wisconsin and received his DVM from the University Of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, a Master’s in Public Health from Harvard University and a Master’s in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College.  Ty is also a Colonel in the Army Reserve and serves as the Chief Regional Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer for FEMA Region V. Presentation: National Program Updates ESF-8 Veterinary Medical Update:  Planning for the Human-Animal Interface (PDF) An update of the ESF 8 veterinary medical issues to include the NVRT, PHS Vets and the movement within HHS to address the human-animal interface (aka One Health) issues during public health emergencies.

Shannon Walajtys

Biography: As the Animal Rescue Program’s Disaster Response Manager, Shannon oversees IFAW’s work with animals affected by natural or man-made disasters around the world. Between active responses, Shannon concentrates on improving disaster preparedness within IFAW and with our partners around the world. In the U.S., India, Southeast Asia and South America, Shannon oversees the IFAW Emergency Response Networks, coalitions of local community disaster response groups called on to aid in large-scale disasters throughout the country and/or region. Presentation: National Animal Rescue and Sheltering Coalition (NARSC) updates and case study from South Carolina Deployment October 2015 weather patterns produced record flooding in parts of South Carolina and other East Coast States. This incident, like so many others, provided challenges and achievements at many levels of both governmental and non-governmental organizations. This presentation will highlight the cooperative response organized with the State of South Carolina Emergency Management, and the National Animal Rescue and Sheltering Coalition (NARSC). Topics include: How/when to activate support resources; what type of resources to order, stage or provide directly to the response; problems with “rogue” groups; response achievements; sheltering and transportation problem-solving; keys to success using multi-agency coordination, and more!

Debra L. (Deb) Zoran, DVM, PhD, DACVIM-SAIM

Biography: Dr. Deb Zoran is a Professor of Small Animal Internal Medicine at Texas A&M University and Operations Supervisor of the Texas A&M Veterinary Emergency Team (VET).  She is a 1984 graduate of Kansas State University, has a PhD from Texas A&M University in Animal Nutrition, and is board certified in Small Animal Internal Medicine.  Since 1996, Dr. Zoran has been a member of the faculty in the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at Texas A&M University where she is actively involved with clinical, teaching, and research activities in nutrition, gastrointestinal diseases and disaster preparedness and response.  She has worked with Texas Task Force-1 Urban Search and Rescue Canine teams since 2000, and is a foundational member of the TAMU Veterinary Emergency Team (formed in 2009).   Since 2011, she has been Operations Supervisor and associate director, overseeing a deployable team of 40 veterinarians, technicians, staff members and 4th year veterinary students. Since 2011, the team has been deployed 15 times, including the Bastrop wildfires, West TX fertilizer explosion, Wimberley floods, and North Texas tornadoes, as well as to numerous smaller events and S&R support.  Presentations: The Texas A&M VET and Texas Task Force -1: Supporting S&R canines during deployments This session will provide the listener with lessons learned from the experiences and lessons learned by the Texas A&M VET during their multiple deployments with TX- TF1 (and other S&R teams) in support of their S&R canines. In addition to support of the S&R mission, this partnership has fostered the growth of our capabilities, provided opportunities to train, and increased the presence of veterinary support in disasters. The presentation will also provide key issues search dogs encounter and the importance of providing VET support of the dogs during deployments. Quarantine of a Dog Exposed to a Human Case of Ebola Virus Disease This presentation will discuss the October 2014 Dallas, Texas response to care for a dog that had potentially been exposed to a human with Ebola virus disease. The presentation will address the movement, quarantine, care, testing and release of the pet dog, highlighting the extensive collaboration and communication involving several local, county, state and federal agencies involved in the response effort. Texas A&M VET:  Building Resilience through Education This presentation will provide an overview of the Texas A&M VET educational program and discuss how its educational efforts are building veterinary medical capacity. The VET uses an approach based on instructors and students working with local jurisdictions in the development of standard operating guidelines aimed at solving animal issues during disasters. This presentation will also highlight the team's emergency response computer simulation.

Michelle Willette, DVM, MPH, DACVPM

Biography: Dr. Michelle Willette is the staff veterinarian for The Raptor Center and is an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. She has extensive experience in zoological medicine and is co-founder of the Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians. As staff veterinarian of The Raptor Center she oversees the medical and surgical care of over 800 raptors a year, and is the clinical supervisor for senior veterinary students, interns and residents. As an assistant professor, she also helps to teach a variety of avian, exotic, zoological and wildlife courses. The Raptor Center also utilizes raptors as biosentinels to research emerging health concerns and issues for raptor populations and the ecosystems we share. A major research focus for Dr. Willette is development of the Clinical Wildlife Health Initiative, an interdisciplinary collaborative formed to promote the infrastructure and analytical tools required to utilize data from wildlife in rehabilitation settings. She also works with the managed wildlife community in animal welfare and emergency disaster preparedness and response. Presentation: Beyond Secure Zoo:  Incorporating Managed Non-Domestic Species into Animal Emergency and Disaster Preparedness and Response Planning The recent HPAI outbreak in Minnesota highlighted the fragmentation amongst federal and state regulatory agencies and public and private organizations involved with captive non-domestic avian species. While USDA and Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) have worked to develop emergency and disaster preparedness and response planning with accredited zoos, there is a crucial need for communication and response planning that encompasses all organizations managing non-domestic species. There are many circumstances where non-domestic species are managed on a temporary or permanent basis including nature centers, wildlife care centers, falconry, zoos and circuses, breeding programs, and animal agriculture. While some of these operations are under the purview of USDA Animal Care or state departments of agriculture, others fall under different or overlapping federal and state agencies, and some are not regulated at all. The failure to plan an appropriate response for an emergency or disaster, including a foreign animal disease, involving these operations results in questions of jurisdiction, miscommunication and inappropriate actions. The presenters will discuss ongoing initiatives to work with institutions managing non-domestic species in emergency preparedness and response, communication, biosecurity and business continuity planning, and strengthening organizational relationships with federal, state, and local partners.

Zach Usher

Biography: Zach Usher serves as the Mass Care, Voluntary Agency Coordination and Community Services Branch Chief at FEMA. He has worked for FEMA since 2003, including service at Region II, the Mitigation Directorate, the Recovery Front Office and the Individual Assistance Division. Zach began his work with FEMA in the Region II Flood Insurance and Mitigation Division, where he was responsible for the administration of mitigation programs. In 2006, Zach moved to FEMA headquarters where he worked as the Hazard Mitigation Specialist and later as a Mitigation Program Leader. During Hurricane Sandy, Zach served as the Mitigation Advisor to the Disaster Recovery Coordinator and the Deputy Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO) in New York State. In 2013, Zach moved to the Recovery Directorate, first as the Section Chief over the Voluntary Agency Liaisons (VALs) and Disaster recovery Centers (DRCs), and later as the Acting Senior Policy Advisor to the Recovery Assistant Administrator. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife, Denise, and their dogs, Louis and Monster. Presentation: National Program Updates

William Thompson

Biography: Will Thompson has been employed with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services for 12 years. He also raises pure breed Horn Hertford’s and has a commercial herd of cattle. He is a lifetime resident of North Carolina. Presentation: Best Practices when Using Foam for Mass Poultry Depopulation (PDF) Animal disease requires additional planning for mass depopulation of animals. The US just experienced the worst animal disease outbreak in this country's long history of agriculture. Take this opportunity to learn about the best practices developed by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services foam field team leaders. Hands-on Training on How to Operate the North Carolina Foaming Units