National Pork Board Conducts FMD Preparedness Drill
USMEF staff members John Hinners, Courtney Heller and Joe Schuele took part in a crisis drill exercise conducted by the National Pork Board (NPB) Thursday at NPB headquarters in Des Moines. The drill simulated a situation in which foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) was detected in the U.S. swine herd. Staff members reviewed the NPB Crisis Communications Plan and were assigned critical areas of need to discuss and address in the event of such an incident, including producer communications, media relations, consumer education and analysis of the impact of both the domestic and foreign markets for U.S. pork. Cooperation and coordination with other impacted species was also discussed, as well as policy issues such as FMD regionalization and vaccination.