The plans below are an integral part of the overall state emergency management planning structure which is coordinated by the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM). The state emergency management plan and its associated functional annexes as well as models for local emergency plans and their respective annexes can be found on the TDEM web site.
Animal Disease Response
- State of Texas Foreign and Emerging Animal Diseases (FEAD) Response Plan
(Submitted to TDEM for final approval)
- The purpose of this plan is to provide guidance for mitigating against, preparing for, identifying and responding to, and recovering from any highly contagious animal disease affecting Texas livestock and wildlife.
- USDA/APHIS Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Response Plan (2011)
- This federal plan works in conjunction with the State of Texas Foreign and Emerging Animal Diseases (FEAD) Response Plan (see link below). It will be used to provide more specific operational guidance for how the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) and the United States Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's Veterinary Services (USDA-APHIS-VS) would oeprate in response to a highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) disease outbreak in Texas.
- USDA/APHIS Highly Contagious Disease Plan (Sept. 2005)
- This plan, produced by the United States Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's Veterinary Services (USDA-APHIS-VS), provides recommended National Animal Health Emergency Management System (NAHEMS) guidelines to control and eradicate highly contagious animal diseases. A series of companion documents address, in more detail, specific operational considerations when dealing with a disease outbreak such as disposal, quarantine and movement control, cleaning and disinfection, and euthanasia. The procedures outlined in this document would be used in conjunction with the "State of Texas Foreign and Emerging Animal Diseases (FEAD) Response Plan" (see link below).
- State Animal Response Plan
- The Animal Response Plan is being designated as Appendix 6 to Annex O of the State Emergency Management Plan. It is a plan for "non-disease" animal emergencies. [The plan for animal diseases has recently been designated by TDEM as Appendix 4 to Annex O, and it is also on website under its old name of Appendix 3)]. This Animal Response Plan is still in DRAFT form; however, we are placing it on our website so you can understand the basics of the Animal Response Team concept, as they exist to date.
- Hurricane Evacuation And Mass Care Plan - Attachment 6 "Animal Care"
- Attachment 6 to the "State of Texas Hurricane Evacuation and Mass Care Plan" outlines the responsibilities of the State and local jurisdictions in regard to the evacuation and shelter of companion animals (i.e., pets). The entire plan and other hurricane evacuation and sheltering information can be found at the TDEM web site.