Emergency preparedness is a critical priority for Alberta’s poultry industry. Whether it be mitigating the risk of or responding to poultry disease, or managing a non-disease incident, the ability to rapidly respond to and manage emergencies is important to all of us in the poultry industry. The Alberta poultry industry (API) is working with producers and service providers to manage this risk and to help protect our industry. As you may be aware, the API was successful in receiving a grant to help us reduce the risk of disease spread across the industry and improve our emergency preparedness and response efforts. We are very excited about this opportunity to improve our ability to mitigate and manage risks within the poultry industry in Alberta.
In order to ensure that we develop a successful program to support and help producers and service providers, we want to update you on important elements that will impact you, and receive your feedback and input. We are starting with in-person information sharing sessions in September, which will be followed by presentations, including webinars, commencing this fall.
API strongly encourages you to attend one of the scheduled in-person information sessions, which are scheduled for 10:00 am – 3:00 pm:
- September 21, Red Deer, Sheraton Red Deer Hotel (3310 50 Ave)
- September 22, Lethbridge, Sandman Hotel (421 Mayor Magrath Dr S)
- September 25, Grande Prairie, Pomeroy Hotel (11633 100th St)
- September 26, Edmonton, Holiday Inn Conference Edmonton South (4485 Gateway Blvd)
The main objective for these sessions is to provide producers and poultry industry service providers with a thorough understanding of the direction our collective industry is taking to mitigate and manage risks. At the end of these sessions you should have a better understanding of the tools (response, monitoring, and protection) and support that would be available to you in the event of an emergency, and of the strengths of your own biosecurity program.
Due to the number of producers and service providers across Alberta, API is requesting that no more than 2 representatives from your farm or company attend the session. Please register for one of these sessions by contacting [email protected] by September 8, 2017. For additional information, please contact Bruno Cornejo at 780-483-9203.