By taking time to complete the plan, you will be able to calmly work through your options prior to an emergency. It will facilitate a quicker response should a disease or market collapse occur. Waiting for an emergency or disaster to happen leaves little time to organize yourself.
There are four parts to this section:
- Animal Disease;
- Managing the Outbreak; and
- Pandemic Preparedness.
At the beginning of each topic, there are points to consider prior to completing the form/ template in the My Farm section. There are several steps identified in this section for developing a disease and disaster response plan for your farming operation.
If you need assistance completing your plan, contact your board representative. When a disease emergency or other disaster occurs in your area, please check the Feather Board Command Center website and your industries homepages.
Special note on consent: It is understood that veterinarians are required by statute to report any suspected case of Notifiable or Reportable Disease. Veterinarians are bound in a Veterinarian-Patient-Client -Relationship (VCPR) to maintain confidentiality of their client’s information. The safeguard is to obtain “Consent” (verbally or written but must be recorded) when information shared by two parties is about to be shared with a third party. An example is a poultry farmer giving consent to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to talk with their veterinarian and giving consent to their veterinarian to speak with CFIA, realizing the veterinarian has obligations to comply with Provincial and Federal Acts. Discretion concerning “Consent” can result in the release of information that should not have been shared, with the consequence of legal action.