Emergency Preparedness and Management

Hurricane Forecasting

Educational tools and resources for emergency preparedness and management due to natural or man-made disasters for the food and agricultural sector.


Food Defense Mitigation Strategies Database

DHHS. FDA. Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.

Provides a variety of preventive procedures that companies can employ to better protect their facility personnel, products, and operations from deliberate acts of contamination or tampering.

Radiation Safety - What is the Food and Drug Administration doing to ensure the safety of Products Imported from Japan?

DHHS. Food and Drug Administration.

Answers questions related to food safety on the radiation screening of shipments from Japan to the United States and what systems are in place to protect U.S. food supply.

Radiological Emergency Information for the Agricultural Community (PDF | 33.96 KB)


Answers questions about what the agricultural community should do in the event of a radiological emergency. Information included focuses on water and feed protection, special treatment for dairy animals, measures to protect poultry and determination of safe marketing of meat and dairy products.

Emergency Response: Suggested Advice on Immediate Actions for the Prevention and Mitigation of Radioactive Contamination of Agricultural Foodstuffs

Joint FAO/IAEA Programme.

Identifies how to respond to a radiation emergency and suggests immediate actions to take in order to prevent the mitigation of radioactive contamination of food.

Bioterrorism Agents/Diseases

DHHS. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A list of bioterrorism agents, microorganisms and diseases that pose threats to U.S. public health system. It can be browsed from A to Z or by the category of priority.

CARVER + Shock Software Tool

DHHS. Food and Drug Administration.

Software to help growers, packers, processors, manufacturers, warehousers, transporters, and retailers in the food industry determine the vulnerability of individual food facilities to biological, chemical, or radiological attack.

Disaster Food Safety

University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

Publications on preparing and responding to disasters.

Emergency Preparedness Fact Sheets

USDA. Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Consumer fact sheets, videos, and podcasts.

FDA Food Protection Plan

DHHS. Food and Drug Administration.

Addresses both food safety and food defense for domestic and imported products using science and modern technology systems.

Food Biosecurity

University of Minnesota. Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy.

Provides the latest and most updated news articles on food biosecurity.

Food Defense and Emergency Response

USDA. Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Provides information about USDA, Food Safety Inspection Service's surveillance activities to safeguard the food supply from intentional contamination.

Food Emergency Response Network (FERN)

The Food Emergency Response Network

FERN integrates the nation's food-testing laboratories at the local, state, and federal levels into a network that is able to respond to emergencies involving biological, chemical, or radiological contamination of food.

FoodSHIELD Homepage


A web-based platform designed to create community between the various laboratories and regulatory agencies that make up our nation's food and agricultural sectors.

National Center for Food Protection and Defense

National Center for Food Protection and Defense.

Addresses the vulnerability of the nation's food system to attack through intentional contamination with biological or chemical agents.

National Center for Foreign Animal and Zoonotic Disease Defense

Taxes A&M University.

As a Department of Homeland Security National Center of Excellence, the FAZD Center is focused on protecting America from exotic and engineered animal diseases that threaten public health and economic stability.

Terrorist Threats to Food - Guidelines for Establishing and Strengthening Prevention and Response Systems

World Health Organization.

A response document to the increasing concern from member states that chemical, biological or radionuclear agents might be used deliberately to harm civilian populations and that food might be a vehicle for disseminating such agents.