Managing Food Emergencies: Strategies for a Community Response (MGT-447)



​This course helps jurisdictions develop a plan to effectively respond to a large food emergency. The goal of the course is to encourage multidisciplinary, multiagency planning to quickly mobilize resources in a food emergency. The course uses a whole community approach combined with NIMS, the Incident Command System (ICS), and the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to respond to food emergencies.

Participants will learn how to identify a food emergency that should trigger a response; apply the principles of ICS; determine roles during a food emergency; identify resources; successfully communicate with other agencies and the public; and what to do during the recovery phase. The course combines facilitated discussion and scenario-based training to give participants tangible experience applicable to a real-world food emergency.

Min/Max Enrollment: Min 24; Max 40

Hours: 16 (Direct Delivery)

Format: Instructor-Led Training (Direct Delivery)

DHS Course #: MGT-447

Facility Requirements: Please view this document for facility requirements.

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Professional Disciplines

The audience should be integrated and must include participants from the followingprofessional disciplines​: Agricultural Safety, Emergency Management, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Service, Governmental Administrative, Healthcare, Law Enforcement, Public Health​​

The target audience for the Direct Delivery version of this course includes management personnel from the following:​

  • Healthcare provider administration
  • Hospital clinical leadership
  • Hospital non-clinical supervisors
  • Hospital liaison officers
  • Hospital safety, emergency planning and emergency preparedness
  • Mental health professionals
  • Home healthcare and hospice
  • Functional needs caretaker
  • Local, county and state public health departments
  • Emergency management organizations
  • Emergency medical services
  • Fire departments
  • Law enforcement
  • Public information officers
  • Public works directors
  • Elected officials
  • Transportation administration
  • Schools
  • Human services
  • Community health centers
  • Non-governmental and faith-based
  • Veterinarians and veterinarian technicians