The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Office of Agricultural Emergency Preparedness is collaborating with several training partners to offer Department of Homeland Security (DHS) certified courses in Florida. All courses are open to all United States Citizens, and are free of charge through DHS grant funding.
Training partners include the Western Institute of Food Safety and Security at the University of California-Davis, the Center for Agriculture and Food Safety and Preparedness at the University of Tennessee-College of Veterinary Medicine, the University of Florida-Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences, and the Regional Domestic Security Task Forces.
The following courses will be offered in Florida in July 2011:
· AWR 151 – Understanding the Dangers of Agroterrorism A ½-day introductory course on the topic of agroterrorism, aimed at raising awareness of the need to identify and defend against pathogens, chemical and biological contaminants, and other hazards that affect the safety of the foods we eat. The course stresses the importance of responding to incidents of intentional contamination as well as natural disasters using the “all hazards” approach. This training has been approved for 3.5 CEUs for Certified Environmental Health Professionals.
· PER 259 – Sharing Information and Intelligence Related to Food Importation and Transportation A 1-day course designed to prepare participants to utilize and implement effective sharing of information and intelligence to enhance food safety and defense related to food importation and transportation. It is targeted towards Law Enforcement, state Fusion Center personnel, emergency managers and responders, agricultural extension, public health, food and agriculture professionals, transportation industry, and federal, state, local, tribal and regional officials. This training has been approved for 7.5 CEUs for Certified Environmental Health Professionals.
AWR Course Offerings:
Ø July 20, 2011 in Daytona Beach, FL AWR 151 Awareness: Understanding the Dangers of Agroterrorism
Ø July 21, 2011 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL (Davie) AWR 151 Awareness: Understanding the Dangers of Agroterrorism
To register for one of the AWR courses listed or to get more detailed information on these courses, click on the following link: http://dhs.wifss.ucdavis.edu/agroterrorism/classes/classesbydate.php
PER Course Offering:
Ø July 28, 2011 in Jacksonville, FL Per 259 Sharing Information and Intelligence Related to Food Importation and Transportation
To register for this course or to get more detailed information, click on the following link: http://flsart.org/mgtcourses/
If you have questions or comments regarding any of these courses, please contact John Burkette with the Office of Agricultural Emergency Preparedness, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services at John.Burkette@freshfromflorida.com or (850) 245-1387.
Rick Harvey, Program Planning Coordinator
Office of Agricultural Emergency Preparedness
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Office - (850) 245-1312