Service Area Strategic Plan
4/21/2014   12:38 am
Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services (301)
Biennium:
Service Area 1 of 1
Agricultural and Food Emergencies Prevention and Response (301 541 01)
Description

This service area:
•Coordinates emergency plans, training, and exercises within the agency and with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM).
•Serves as the Agency’s point of contact for VDEM.
•Represents the agency on panels, working groups and committees addressing homeland security. Examples include: Commonwealth Preparedness Working Group, Staff for the Secure Commonwealth Panel- Business and Industry Sub-Panel, and Virginia Information Sharing Working Group.
•Coordinates with VDACS divisions and offices to identify and prioritize equipment, training and exercises required to enhance food and agriculture disaster prevention, mitigation, response and recovery efforts. Identifies sources of funding to meet these requirements.
Background Information
Mission Alignment and Authority
  • Describe how this service supports the agency mission
    This service area directly aligns with VDACS’ mission of promoting economic growth and development of Virginia agriculture, encouraging environmental stewardship and providing consumer protection. A prepared response to emergencies and disasters of all kinds mitigates the economic impact, facilitates a rapid recovery, and appropriately addresses environmental concerns.
  • Describe the Statutory Authority of this Service
    Executive Order 65 issued April 1, 2004 states: “In accordance with the duties and responsibilities assigned in the Plan, the head of each designated state department or agency shall appoint a lead and at least one alternate Emergency Coordination Officer for the agency.”

    Executive Order 44 (2007) states “I direct the Office of Commonwealth Preparedness to certify that each agency, through their Emergency Coordination Officer, has annually updated its emergency plans and procedures in all appropriate respects. Furthermore, under the leadership of the Office of Commonwealth Preparedness, in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and the Department of Human Resources Management, each agency will certify annually that appropriate employees have completed the National Incident Management System, Incident Command System, or other appropriate training. ….. Continuity of Operation Planning is critical to the Commonwealth’s ability to deliver valuable services to its citizens during and immediately after a disaster. Therefore, to provide for consistent and uniform planning, I hereby direct that each executive branch agency including institutions of higher education with guidance from their Emergency Coordination Officer:

    1. Create or update Continuity of Operation Plans to conform to the template produced by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, and

    2. Utilize the resources available from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management for creating or updating Continuity of Operations Plans.

    The process of creating or updating Continuity of Operations Plans shall be completed by April 1 of each year, with an electronic copy sent to the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. I authorize the Office of Commonwealth Preparedness, in consultation with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management to devise a process for review of all executive branch agencies’ Continuity of Operations Plans by the first week of December each year.

    Furthermore, I direct the Office of Commonwealth Preparedness to develop an annual Continuity of Operations Plan testing, training and review schedule for all executive branch agencies.”
Customers
Agency Customer Group Customer Customers served annually Potential annual customers
Farm and Farm Related Employment Farm and Farm Related Employment 357,000 357,000

Anticipated Changes To Agency Customer Base
No significant changes anticipated.
Partners
Partner Description
Department of Conservation and Recreation The organizations here are listed in the Commonwealth of Virginia Emergency Operations Plan as support agencies for Emergency Support Function 11, Agriculture and Natural Resources.
Department of Corrections
Department of Environmental Quality
Department of Forestry
Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
Department of General Services
Department of Health
Department of Historic Resources
Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation, and Substance Abuse Services
Department of Military Affairs
Department of Social Services
Department of Transportation
Department of Virginia State Police
Marine Resources Commission
Virginia Cooperative Extension
Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters
Products and Services
  • Factors Impacting the Products and/or Services:
    None.
  • Anticipated Changes to the Products and/or Services
    No significant changes anticipated.
  • Listing of Products and/or Services
    • Emergency Response Training and Exercises: Training and exercises are coordinated for VDACS staff to enhance response to emergencies and disasters of all kinds. Examples of training and exercise topics include: • National Incident Management System • Incident Command System • Emergency Operations Center (VDACS responsibilities, and Task Management System) • Food Borne Illness Outbreak Response • Highly Contagious Livestock or Poultry Disease Outbreak Response • Plant Pest Outbreak Response
    • Homeland Security Information Sharing: Security information is shared in daily and special reports from the Department of Homeland Security, Virginia Fusion Center and Virginia Department of Emergency Management with applicable members of VDACS.
    • Emergency Response Plans: Plans are coordinated and revised to respond to agency emergency responsibilities to provide: •Nutrition Assistance for Sheltered Virginians, • Animal/Zoonotic Disease, or Plant Pest Infestation Response, • Food Safety and Food Security Services, and • Emergency Sheltering of Household Pets and Service Animals.
    • Identify Emergency Services Requirement and Funding Sources: Coordinates with VDACS divisions and offices to identify and prioritize equipment, training and exercises required to enhance food and agriculture disaster prevention, mitigation, response and recovery efforts. Identifies sources of funding to meet these requirements.
Finance
  • Financial Overview
    [Nothing entered]
  • Financial Breakdown
    FY 2011    FY 2012
      General Fund     Nongeneral Fund        General Fund     Nongeneral Fund  
    Base Budget $264,116 $219,721    $264,116 $219,721
    Change To Base -$76,492 $0    -$76,492 $0
               
    Service Area Total   $187,624  $219,721     $187,624  $219,721 
Human Resources
  • Human Resources Overview
    [Nothing entered]
  • Human Resource Levels
    Effective Date      
    Total Authorized Position level 0    
    Vacant Positions 0    
    Current Employment Level 0.0    
    Non-Classified (Filled)    
    Full-Time Classified (Filled)    breakout of Current Employment Level
    Part-Time Classified (Filled)    
    Faculty (Filled)    
    Wage    
    Contract Employees    
    Total Human Resource Level 0.0   = Current Employment Level + Wage and Contract Employees
  • Factors Impacting HR
    [Nothing entered]
  • Anticipated HR Changes
    [Nothing entered]
Service Area Objectives
 
  • Prepare Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' staff to respond to emergencies and manage state shelters for household pets and service animals.
    Objective Description
    It is critically important that staff be prepared to carry out assigned emergency responsibilities. Training and exercises enhance staff's ability to execute emergency response plans.
    Objective Strategies
    • Emergency Policies and Procedures and the Continuity of Operations Plan will be updated annually through June 30, 2012.
    • Within the first six months of hire, all personnel will complete the Terrorism and Security Awareness Orientation Course, and for applicable positions, National Incident Management System training through June 30, 2012.
    • At least one training session, one test or one exercise of the COOP will be conducted annually through June 30, 2012.
    • Emergency Services will work cooperatively with other VDACS units, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Virginia Department of Social Services, and the Virginia State Animal Response Team to develop sheltering capabilities that meet the needs of individuals with household pets and service animals in the event of a disaster through June 30, 2012
    Link to State Strategy
    • nothing linked

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