National Animal Health Emergency Response Corp

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URL http://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_health/emergency_management/naherc.shtml
Contact email address naherc@aphis.usda.gov
Street address 4700 River Road
City Riverdale
State Maryland
Country USA
General phone number 301 734 4933
Specific emergencies 2010 Gulf Coast Oil Spill
Resource type Preparing for an emergency, Giving help after an emergency
Resource sub-type Animal Rescue Services, Government Resources, Government Resources (International), Government Resources (National), Government Resources (State), Health and Safety
Types of emergencies handled Chemical spill or release; Disease outbreak

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), NAHERC program is comprised of Veterinary Medical Officers (VMO), Animal Health Technicians (AHT), and veterinary medical students assimilated into an elite animal health and food defense force within the emergency management response community.

During a disease outbreak or disaster, the size and scope of an incident can easily overwhelm local and State animal health resources and devastate animal agriculture. The National Animal Health Emergency Response Corps (NAHERC) is the nation’s largest emergency response organization designed to provide surge capacity and sustainment of Federal veterinary assistance during an event. NAHERC assists the Federal and State response to domestic and international animal disease outbreaks, threats, or natural disasters.

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