Emergency Preparedness and Response Section
Protecting the livestock industry against Foreign and Domestic Animal Disease outbreaks is the highest priority for California's Animal Health Officials. This mission is accomplished by continuously preparing the responders, strengthening diagnostic capabilities, and utilizing the latest technologies for the detection of reportable disease conditions. All emergency conditions listed in the California reportable animal disease list must be reported to the local animal health authorities within 24 hours. See the list of reportable conditions.
CARES is a statewide emergency management mutual aid system supporting animals in disasters. CARES is supported by a partnership of public and volunteer/private nonprofit organizations, that commit resources and expertise to prepare for and respond to animals in disasters.
Over the past few decades, CDFA and USDA have invested resources in animal health emergency preparedness to protect the livestock industry and secure food supply in the United States. Likewise, CARES is working with State and local government emergency management to enhance preparedness for an efficient response to and resilient recovery from disasters. The CDFA AHB mission is to maximize preparedness amongst the branch employees to respond effectively to any potential foreign and domestic animal disease incidents and natural disasters in California. AHB personnel enhance their professional skill with continued preparedness and response training and exercises.