State Plans

The plans below are an integral part of the overall state emergency management planning structure, which is coordinated by the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM). The state emergency management plan and its associated functional annexes as well as models for local emergency plans and their respective annexes can be found on the TDEM web site.

Animal Disease Response

Texas Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Plan (July 2015)
This Plan is an attachment to the Texas Biological Hazards Annex that addresses the reportable animal diseases to which the State is vulnerable, and outlines the surveillance, response and recovery strategies that may be employed in order to mitigate or prevent the further spread of animal diseases and negative impact upon animal owners, producers and the economy.
USDA/APHIS Foreign Animal Disease Framework Response Strategies (April 2014)
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has established the Foreign Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Plan (FAD PReP) to provide a framework for FAD preparedness and response. This document also has a companion document, the APHIS Foreign Animal Disease Framework: Roles and Coordination (FAD PReP Manual 1-0), which provides an overview of FAD PReP, Federal roles, APHIS authorities and funding process, incident management, and communication strategy.
USDA/APHIS Foreign Animal Disease Framework: Roles and Coordination (February 2014)
This U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) document provides broad information about preparing for and responding to an FAD outbreak in the United States, based on the principles of the National Response Framework (NRF) and National Incident Management System (NIMS).
USDA/APHIS Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Response Plan: The Red Book (DRAFT August 2015)
Between December 2014 and June 2015, the United States experienced its worst highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) outbreak—and most serious animal health disease incident—in history. This document reflects the knowledge and lessons learned during that event. This Plan and the Texas Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Plan provide operational guidance for TAHC and USDA response operations in the event of an HPAI disease outbreak in Texas.

All-Hazards Response

State Animal Response Plan
The Animal Response Plan is being designated as Appendix 6 to Annex O of the State Emergency Management Plan. It is a plan for "non-disease" animal emergencies. [The plan for animal diseases has recently been designated by TDEM as Appendix 4 to Annex O, and it is also on website under its old name of Appendix 3)]. This Animal Response Plan is still in DRAFT form; however, we are placing it on our website so you can understand the basics of the Animal Response Team concept, as they exist to date.