Agroterrorism
A Guide for First Responders
Agriculture - Veterinary Medicine
6 x 9, 208 pp.
10 b&w photos., 4 tables., 12 charts.
Pub Date: 05/03/2007
Texas A&M University Agriculture Series
  cloth
Price:        $45.00 x

978-1-58544-572-1
  paper
Price:        $19.95

978-1-58544-586-8

Published by Texas A&M University Press
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Agroterrorism

A Guide for First Responders

By Jason B. Moats

“In many cases, the communities most ill-prepared to deal with . . . terrorism incidents,” Jason B. Moats writes in the introduction to this book, “are the rural communities that provide . . . food and crops.” Having conducted training across the country for first responders in cities, small towns, and rural communities, Moats for the first time gathers here the knowledge gleaned from research and nearly twenty years’ experience in emergency services and emergency training.

Whether used in the field or in the classroom, this manual is designed to help rural communities prepare for an act of agroterrorism. It explains why the U.S. agriculture industry is a target for terrorists and how farms and farming communities across the country are vulnerable. The author lists known biological and chemical agents and their effects, explains model systems for supporting emergency response efforts, and lays out proven plans for gathering personnel and other resources in an orderly, coordinated way. In Agroterrorism: A Guide for First Responders, Moats spells out who should do what and when, providing a critically needed path through the bureaucratic maze of state, national, and interagency homeland security directives.

With this book, Moats empowers those on the front lines in rural America, those charged with the responsibility of handling emergency crises in agricultural communities. Armed with the information they need, emergency response agencies, emergency managers, public health professionals, veterinary and animal health practitioners, as well as farmers and producers, will be able to answer the questions: “Where do we start?” “What do we do?” “Who is going to do it?” and “How do we pay for it?”

Closing with a complete training program that includes practical exercises formatted for easy use, Agroterrorism: A Guide for First Responders contains resources vital for America’s rural communities, emergency managers, and the agriculture sector that is so central to our national interest.

JASON B. MOATS is training coordinator for the Enhanced Incident Management/Unified Command Program at the Emergency Services Training Institute, Texas Engineering Extension Service, Texas A&M University System. He is a Certified Hazardous Material Manager and Certified Technical Trainer who speaks often around the country on emergency management issues.

What Readers Are Saying:

"This timely book is an excellent primer for training first responders to agroterrorism events or ruling out events that are naturally occurring. It could very well be the case that agricultural industries and producer commodity groups require agroterrorism training for all of their employees. In that case, this book would be an ideal educational resource used in that course. I can see myself in a class on how to respond to agroterrorism incidents using this book as a guide." -Journal of Environmental Quality

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