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USDA Launches Web-Based Incident Command System Training for Employees

Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman today announced the launch of a web-based Incident Command System (ICS) training program to enhance the Department’s effectiveness in responding to a wide range of emergencies. “USDA has a long history of leadership in managing natural disasters, such as wildfires,” said Veneman. “This training program builds on the successful system used by the USDA Forest Service and formally extends ICS training to all USDA employees. This ICS training will help bolster resources to manage accidental or deliberate incidents that may threaten the U.S. food supply, critical infrastructure or economy.” In 2001, Veneman directed USDA officials to develop a single unified management plan for all USDA emergency response and recovery activities. And in March 2003, she issued a memorandum directing Department-wide implementation of the USDA National Interagency Incident Management System (NIIMS), unifying emergency response and recovery efforts under one management system for the first time in USDA history. Full Story

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