Center for Agriculture and Food Security and Preparedness (CAFSP)

FDA Instructor-Led Course

ER310: Food Safety Issues in the Event of Disasters: A Practical Application


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Please note: If you are not a “governmental” employee your registration will not be processed until payment is received.

This course emphasizes best practices to address food safety issues faced in the event of a disaster.


During this course, participants will identify and apply best practices to address food safety issues faced in the event of a disaster.   Food safety issues and concerns that will be covered include situational assessments, inspectional concerns, salvage and other mitigation strategies related to food retail and processing facilities.

Final Exercise

The 3 hour exercise on day two will include several real life situations that food safety inspectors may need to assess in the event of a disaster, including evaluating mass feeding operations, working with retail facilities to determine steps needed for reopening, and evaluating whether food product items can be salvaged or must be destroyed. There are three choices for the exercise: fire, flood and earthquake. All exercises cover the same key learning objectives.

Target Audience

The intended audience would include local, state, tribal, and territorial environmental health specialists and food safety inspection officers


The web-based course, Food Safety Issues in the Event of Disasters: An Introduction, is a prerequisite for this course.  It is recommended that participants have field inspection experience and basic food microbiology knowledge.

  • The cost for a web course is $75.00US or you can choose three (3) courses for $150.00US.
  • If you are an employee of a U.S. federal, state, local, tribal or territorial government agency, with a valid government email address, the course is FREE. If you are a government employee and do not have a government email address, please contact Jessica Rickett at (865) 974-6530 or on how to receive the course for free.


Total instructional time is 12 hours over 1.5 days

Disaster Brochure
Food Safety in the Event of Disasters Flyer

Note: Funding for this course was made possible, in part, by the Food and Drug Administration through grant R181731094, views expressed in written materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Food and Drug Administration; nor does any mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organization imply endorsement by the United States Government.


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