Emergency Management & Response
Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) — the state’s livestock health regulatory agency — partners with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Veterinary Services to prepare for and respond to foreign animal diseases. The TAHC/USDA partnership depends on producers, private veterinary practitioners, and allied industry representatives to watch for and report potential signs of diseases and pests.
TAHC and USDA plan, collaborate, and coordinate with the state’s animal health-related agencies, agriculture industries, and other related agencies and parties, including universities, government officials and private veterinary practitioners.
TAHC and USDA have worked to prevent and respond to disasters, such as the introduction of a foreign animal disease, a dangerous tick or other pest, or an attack by bioterrorists. They are also ready to assist in response and recovery during natural or man-made catastrophes, including floods and hurricanes.
TAHC/USDA may assist in natural and man-made disaster responses in accordance with the FEMA Emergency Response Plan and/or the State of Texas Emergency plan in the following areas:
- Animal ownership identification
- Livestock restraint/capture
- Carcass disposal
- Coordinating livestock evacuation
- Consulting on animal health and public health concerns
- Chemical/biological terrorism issues