Be prepared for a bio-emergency

    If foot-and-mouth disease were to show up in the United States today, would you be prepared?
     Prepare to Survive a Bio-disaster, a three-part workshop on dealing with bio-disasters, will be presented by
University of Vermont Extension. The program is for dairy producers and other cattle owners, milk and cattle haulers, feed dealers and service providers.
The first set of workshops,
Into the Valleys of Death and Emergency Biosecurity,  is scheduled for  Nov. 12, 13 and 14. It will heighten awareness of dangers of being unprepared, and how diseases such as foot-and-mouth disease can spread. Presenters will be veterinarian Steve Van Wie, a veterinarian who spent seven months in the United Kingdom during the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in 2001, and Julie Smith, UVM dairy Extension specialist.
The workshop will be held at the following locations, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.:

• Nov. 12 – Middlebury American Legion

• Nov. 13 – Fairfield Town Hall

• Nov. 14 – Irasburg Town Hall

Coffee and light lunch will be provided.
Please RSVP by Nov. 7  to 802- 656-2070 or email

Other workshops, to be held at locations decided later, are:
Week of Jan. 12, 2009: Risk management and assessment
Week of Feb. 2, 2009: Community-based emergency management.
     The meeting is sponsored by University of Vermont Extension with support
from the Northeast Center for Risk Management Education and USDA Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service.