Not your typical day at the beach: Sandy Johnson, Senior Associate at SES, Inc., to support COVID-19 emergency preparedness in the Marshall Islands
It’s spring break, that time of year when we Midwesterners are aching for warmer temperatures…
In fiscal year 2019, the USDA APHIS Veterinary Services (VS) National Training and Exercise Program (NTEP) sponsored a series of four exercises for the top 14 swine producing states (Figure 1) to further their capacity to effectively respond to and mitigate an outbreak of ASF. SES, as the administrative and technical consultant to the VS NTEP, supported the design and conduct of these exercises.
The first three exercises in this series were completed between November 2018 and May 2019: ASF Response Policy Workshop, November 2018; ASF Plan Review and Revision Workshop, February 2019; and an ASF Response Tabletop Exercise (TTX), April 2019. These three exercises set the stage for the fourth exercise activity, a series of functional exercises and drills conducted on September 23, 24, 25, and 26, 2019. This exercise series was named Swine Fever Exercises for Agriculture Response (SFEAR).
The four days of SFEAR exercises in September addressed the following aspects of response and mitigation: