Emergency Exercise

On June 7, 2018, a participatory learning exercise focused on a “Severe Weather Occurrence”  will take place from 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. This Emergency Exercise will include breakout sessions and active participation in facilitated scenario discussions.

Operation Goliath TTX will focus on:

  • Capabilities to prepare for, respond to, and recover from a major incident involving livestock mortality
  • Business continuity to reference local, regional, and national levels
  • The international economic impacts resulting from a major livestock mortality disaster event

The Operation Goliath Exercise (TTX) Proposed Objectives are:

  • Discuss preparedness, response, mitigation, and recovery plans, of both public and private sector participants related to a major livestock disaster event.
  • Examine and assess the existing relationships between federal, state, and local government entities and the private sector infrastructure.
  • Discuss awareness of economic effects at a local, regional, national, and international level of an event of consequence involving livestock mortality.


Business continuity preparation for livestock disasters including infectious animal diseases and natural disasters

Ben Weinheimer (Texas Cattle Feeders Association – TCFA), Sandy Johnson (Kansas Department of Agriculture – KDA), and Bob DeOtte (West Texas A&M University)

Continuity of business operations during a livestock catastrophe such as an infectious livestock disease, or natural disasters including hurricanes, winter storms, wildfires, floods, and droughts are best handled if adequate planning for business continuity already exist. The authors will discuss development of continuity of business operation plans funded through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The plans were originally written primarily for producers in the Texas Panhandle with consideration of other regions as well. The Kansas Department of Agriculture Division of Animal Health subsequently reviewed and modified the plans to make them more applicable to Kansas regulations and the needs of producers within that state. The presenters will review the planning process in preparation for the livestock disaster exercise to be conducted at the conclusion of the 6th International Symposium on Animal Mortality Management.