Kansas State University Research and Extension, the Kansas Department of Agriculture and the Extension Disaster Education Network will host “Strengthening Community Agrosecurity Planning (S-CAP)” workshops in Alma, Kan., on Oct. 27-28 and Scott City, Nov. 18-19.

“There’s truth to the saying that all disasters are local. As communities, our ability to recover from a disaster hinges on how well prepared our residents are,” says Josh Svaty, secretary of the Kansas Department of Agriculture. “These workshops are a great way to bring together key players to plan how the community will respond to disasters involving agriculture, food production and other local resources.”

The workshops are geared for community stakeholders who can help enhance the local agricultural emergency operations plan. Individuals such as local emergency planners, Extension educators, public-health personnel, first responders, elected officials, veterinarians, agricultural producers and volunteer organization representatives in Wabaunsee, Scott and nearby counties are encouraged to participate.

The Oct. 27-28, S-CAP Workshop in Alma will be at 902 Grand Street. The Scott City workshop will be at the William Carpenter 4-H Building at 600 E. Fairgrounds Rd. in Scott City. The workshops are free and include lunch, morning and afternoon refreshments and all training materials.

Workshop participants will work in teams to develop the county emergency plan that pertains to agriculture, natural resources, pets, and related issues. They will also work on standard operating guidelines and resource lists required for response to an agricultural emergency.

“We’d particularly like to see teams made up of individuals from Wabaunsee, Riley, Pottawatomie, Morris, Chase, Lyon and Geary counties and other nearby counties at the Alma workshop, and from Scott, Logan, Gove, Lane, Ness, Rush, Finney, Kearny and Wichita and other nearby counties at the Scott City workshop,” says Sandy Johnson, homeland security specialist with the Kansas Department of Agriculture. 

Registration is available online. Those who have not attended previous state-sponsored training should click on “create account” and follow the steps outlined. Workshop planners request that participants register for the S-CAP workshop in Alma by Oct. 22 and in Scott City by Nov. 12.

Source: Kansas State University