C3L Associates' Agriculture Emergency Response Team (AgERT) Service Support
C3L Associates works in concert with the Consortium for Humanitarian Service and Education (CHSE), providing fully operational agricultural disaster response and restoration systems in support of the affected area’s specific agricultural priorities, including, but not limited to:
- Donations & Coordination of funding for Restoration & Rebuilding
- Feed (Hay & Seed) Replacement & Future Production
- Equipment & Personnel Replacement
- Livestock Rescue, Assessment, & Recovery/Use/Disposal
- Infrastructure Repairs (Fences, Barns, Culverts, Cattle Crossings, etc)
- Organization and Strategies for full Recovery
C3L's Team has developed an effective “Agricultural Disaster Triage System” that is simple, scalable and fully capable of bridging all agricultural restoration systems and resources utilizing Incident Command Systems (ICS) and framework.
Based on and working with the Consortium for Humanitarian Service and Education (CHSE) training and tactical response strategies, C3L responds and operates rapidly, effectively, and continually in agriculture rescue, relief, and recovery operations in the most severe disaster affected areas. C3L is prepared and ready to deploy to these locations immediately. The groundwork for this unique status comes after years of agri-disaster specific education, research, training, and experience. The process begins with detailed planning. C3L correctly and completely defines its planning to each catastrophic scenario. This allows our onsite response to be immediate, sustained, and fully capable of 24 hour, multi-week/multi-month field support that remains continually decisive in coordinating and moving service and support operations to those affected by disasters.
Our experience proves that planning and response must be directly useful, urgently needed and specifically targeted to the ever-changing needs of disaster affected farms and ranches. C3L works with all geographic and governmental levels, simply because no one knows better than Local, County, State, and Federal authorities how perilous disaster situations are and how important it is to establish long-term, sustainable recovery to secure the populations that farmers and ranchers serve well into the future.
Providing service support organization and management in emergencies are complex arts and skills requiring extensive experience, demonstrated competence, relentless effort, professional dedication, and efficient, accountable, application of logistics expertise.
An essential function of C3L is the anticipation of support operation needs and to integrate expert personnel and resources into emergency restoration operations. Critical, after-event information includes:
- Determination of resources available in the disaster affected areas.
- Status and location of critical supply items and distribution capabilities from current location.
- Prioritizing urgent agricultural restoration and repair necessities.
- Nature and condition of damaged agricultural infrastructure.
- Locate instances of livestock and feed loss.
- Identify potential biohazards, contaminants, and compromised fresh water availability.
- Capabilities of mission critical support service personnel and resources.
- Resolve overall mission tasks, strategies for success & long-term sustainability, and implementation.
- Develop comprehensive materials and equipment readiness status.
- Bi-directional communication with disaster affected farmers and ranchers.
C3L has the ability, experience and competence to deploy personnel, establish and administer operations, locate and deliver resources, and contribute funding through our global network of experts and contributors.
C3L implements a Needs, Wants, and Desire process in solution development. Using an approach that is based exclusively on the specifically expressed needs of those most affected by disasters, C3L adheres strictly to solutions that are useful and desired. We do not digress from what is essential to permanently restoring farmers and ranchers to full self-reliance and self-sustainability. C3L
Based on US Military Agriculture Triage and Recovery Operations, C3L’s highly skilled Response Team quickly integrates the planning of all supply and service functions into a support system that responds to all agriculture disaster needs:
- Provide essential, long-term support to the largest number of farmers and ranchers affected by disasters.
- Coordinate solutions, strategies, and actions with other stakeholder agencies.
- Establish measures of success with all stakeholders.
- Adjust methods and responses quickly with necessary agility.
- Restore farms and ranches to self-reliant sustainability, production, and profitability as soon as possible.
By assembling this team of professionals, C3L provides the benefits of turn-key agri-disaster solutions, thereby providing long-term sustainable restoration for farmers and ranchers affected by these catastrophic events. We offer this proposal to assist in the rebuilding agriculture production and functionality of its producers through urgently needed Service Support.
C3L has established best practices, a team of highly trained operations and logistic professionals with a proven track record in International Agriculture Recovery in war torn and conflict regions, and working strategies that leverage the collective experience of all those affected by disaster and all those coming to their aid, all in order to positively impact the restoration of agriculture in disaster affected areas.
Core Requirements for Solution
- These services require establishing at least three Agriculture Emergency Response Team (AgERT) Service Support Field Operations Centers in all disaster affected areas.
- Land requirements include:
- Large space close to the water’s edge, but outside the affected areas where water rescue helicopter or large deep water vehicles can operate and mobilize.
- Large municipality or County Recreational Facility (baseball/softball park)
- Coordination with State or other authoritative agency
- Logistical needs for the onsite C3L Team
C3L will work to help:
- Farmers & Ranchers,
- Agriculture Relief Operations Branch (ICS component),
- Local, State and Federal Agriculture Authorities.
How it would work: Farmers & Ranchers would assess their properties. Agriculture Relief in the ICS would prepare local resources and response measures. Agriculture authorities would prepare local, county, and state resources, communicate regarding federal resources, and coordinate with academic and research institutions to prepare testing and volunteer response teams. Coordination meetings would be held to assist Farmers & Ranchers with conducting assessments, coordinate needs, and plan resource distributions.
- Field Assessment
- Infrastructure damage (fences, irrigation, barns, etc).
- Livestock condition/counts.
- Immediate livestock threats (lack of food, natural hazards, etc).
- Future/anticipated livestock threats (disease, lack of shelter, etc).
- Crop damage.
- Immediate crop threats (flooding, uprooting, etc).
- Future/anticipated crop threats (disease, chemical/contamination, etc).
- Equipment Assessment
- Communications (set meeting points for coordination meetings to distribute information and collect assessment reports).
- Transport (vehicles, horses).
- Heavy Equipment (harvesting, irrigation, etc).
- Personnel Assessment.
- Anticipated donation and grant income.
- Produce Needs Report (immediate needs—within 72 hours; near-term—within 1 week).
- Deliver report at Coordination Meeting.
Agriculture Relief Ops, Logs, Plans Branches
- Facilitate Coordination Meetings.
- Activate Ag Disaster Response Roster.
- Liaise between Farmers/Ranchers and State resources.
- Contact large animal vets in area to assess capacities.
- Document areas of greatest impact/severity.
- Estimated number of farms/ranches affected.
- Ag products affected (grains, plants, poultry, large mammal, etc).
- Coordinate with Logistics section for initial log packs for deployment.
- Coordinate with State & Research Institutes for testing & monitoring prep and deployment.
- Ready vehicles for transport of personnel & livestock rescue.
- Prepare facilities for safe carcass storage.
- Manage local and area media and community relations.
Agriculture Authority Collaboration
- Assess affected areas and severity of effects (distribute GIS data for responding organizations/agencies).
- Coordinate with Ag Ops Branch to activate Ag Response Roster.
- Publicize emergency grant and other funding information.
- Liaise with academic and research institutions to prepare testing kits.
- Work with state government and FDA to set health standards for salvaged produce/livestock.
- Coordinate with processing and distribution companies to expedite processing of produce/livestock within health guidelines.
- Coordinate with Vet Schools and Ag Schools to provide student volunteers with proper training and supervision for relief efforts.
- Coordinate with state (and Federal, PRN) health department to test for disease outbreaks and perform monitoring.
- Prepare facilities for safe carcass disposal.
- Manage state and national media and community relations.