Operation Connect Emergency Support Function 11 (Agriculture and Natural Resources) and National Biosurveillance Integration Center Tabletop Exercise/Training   [open pdf - 672KB]

"In the event of a natural disaster, successful coordination of response actions and resources depends on effective and efficient channels of communication among the government agencies involved in emergency response and recovery. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), Office of Data Integration and Food Protection (ODIFP) is responsible for the coordination of the Agency's emergency response and recovery efforts. Additionally, ODIFP is responsible for ensuring that exercises are routinely conducted to test the effectiveness of the Agency's response plans and procedures in accordance with applicable Homeland Security Presidential Directives (HSPD), the National Response Framework (NRF), and the National Information Management System (NIMS). To that aim, on December 2, 2009, ODIFP sponsored a one day tabletop exercise, Operation Connect. This exercise was designed to test and train USDA FSIS personnel as well as staff from other federal partner agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), regarding the flow of information via the three major communication channels: NRF/NIMS, The National Biosurveillance Integration Center (NBIC), and USDA Multi-Agency Coordination (MAC) Group. This report provides a high level summary of the issues identified and discussed during Operation Connect. (Note: Graphical representations of how these channels connect as well as detailed information on the systems are included in Appendix A -- Exercise Concept Background and Flow Chart.)"

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