Sharing resources in an emergency response
Response to a pest outbreak is generally a federal-state cooperative effort. As federal and state resources have grown scarcer, it has become increasingly challenging to support cooperative response efforts. The goal of NPB and PPQ resource sharing is to provide a greater pool of resources (e.g., responders, lab capacity, and equipment) to support plant health responses across collaborating states. Resources sharing is intended to provide an additional pool of resources for emergency response—state personnel from states not directly involved in the response. Deployment of any state personnel to another state or use of state resources by another state is purely voluntary. It would only occur under this process if the pest involved is a federally actionable quarantine pest and only if funding is identified to support the response.