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Contingency planning and emergency response

A. General Emergency response plan for plant pest incursions

This section deals with the procedures that need to be in place to manage the introduction of any pest or invasive species. It follows the format of the SPC/PPPO emergency response plans for plant pest incursions (see Appendix L.b.) The responsibilities of officials are outlined in detail in this document.

General Emergency Response Plan for Plant Pest Incursions: Summary of steps to plan and execute an emergency response.

STEPS PROCEDURE FOR PLANNING AND EXECUTING AN EMERGENCY RESPONSE
1 Detection in the field by an extension officer/field officer of a new occurrence, pest outbreak.
2 Report of detection by the officer to the chief biosecurity officer.
3 Referral to a specialist for detection survey for collection and diagnostic confirmation. Collection of preliminary datasheet on pest. (Section B.1.6. in the PPPO ERP plan, Appendix L)
4 Report confirming identification to the chief biosecurity officer, with preliminary recommendation.
5 Convene the Emergency Response Management Committee (ERMC).
6 Decision on action to be taken.

NO ACTION – General pest management to suppress population. Process ends.

Decision to undertake delimiting survey.

7 Details of survey and datasheet presented to ERMC.
8 Decision on action to be taken.

NO ACTION – General pest management. Process ends.

Decision to undertake containment, eradication and surveillance. Pest declared a quarantine pest.

9 Eradication not successful. NO ACTION – General pest management to suppress population. Process ends.
10 ACTION – Containment by phytosanitary legislation, quarantine area proclaimed.
11 Pest-free area identified. Area subject to phytosanitary measures.
12 Eradication successful. Continue surveys.

Report eradication to PPPO, trading partners and the Food and Agriculture Organization.

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