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Emergency Preparedness and Response

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Emergency Response

FDA Emergency Operations Plan Version 2.0 March 2014 - PDF Version 6.5 mb - Printable PDF Version 6.5 mb

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An Incident Management Group (IMG) under an FDA Incident Command System (ICS) is typically established when an incident involves multiple FDA organizational components or involves complex incident management/coordination. The IMG may be a hybrid structure conducting coordination and command dependent on the scope of the event. It is staffed by agency headquarters representatives (i.e., from the Office of the Commissioner (OC), Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), and/or the FDA product Centers) and, as appropriate, FDA field staff and/or external agency liaisons. The IMG staffing is organized consistent with the principles of the National Incident Management System. An Agency Incident Coordinator (AIC) is designated to oversee the development and implementation of a headquarters Incident Action Plan and the coordination of FDA headquarters resources and capabilities to respond to the event, as needed. Subordinate Command and General Staffs, comprising representatives from headquarters Centers and Offices, are also established to assist the AIC in executing emergency functions under the specific conditions at-hand.

Below are recent IMGs:


October 2012- Hurricane Sandy Response


April 2012 Salmonella Bareilly Multistate Outbreak Associated with Scrape Tuna



August 2011 Hurricane Irene

May 2011 Necrotizing Enterocolitis in Premature Infants Possibly Associated with a Thickening Agent Investigation

May 2011 National Level Exercise (NLE) 2011 - New Madrid Seismic Zone (NMSZ) Earthquake

March 2011 Magnitude 9.0 Earthquake/Tsunami; Honshu Japan



August 2010 Salmonella Enteritidis Multiple State Investigation- Eggs

April 2010 Deepwater Horizon Response - Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

January 2010 Salmonella Montevideo-Pepper (Spice)



October 2009 Salmonella Montevideo - Paramount Farms

June 2009 Salmonella in Dairyshake powder – Emergency Management Group

April 2009 Human Influenza A 2009 H1N1 Virus Task Force

March 2009 Salmonella Typhimurium- Peanut Products



May 2008 Salmonella Saintpaul-Peppers Emergency Management Group



September 2006 E coli O157:H7 Outbreak Wisconsin (Spinach) Emergency Management Group