ADVISORY FOR CONSTITUENTS
The Food and Agriculture
Jeremy Stump, Acting
USDA Homeland Security
May 20, 2003
Today, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge increased
the threat level.
Since you, your members, your state offices, constituents
and employees are on the front line of defense for
protecting America's food and agriculture, we wanted
to remind you of resources available to you and your
USDA has prepared information outlining simple,
yet important steps you can take to prevent or respond
to threat to our food supply. The information is
available at www.usda.gov/homelandsecurity and includes
useful tips including:
- Be alert and aware of suspicious activities
surrounding food and agriculture operations and
report any suspicious activities to your local
- Update emergency phone numbers.
- Consider inspecting all vehicles entering facilities
and operations and escorting all visitors.
- Increase surveillance around facilities and
consider restricting public events, such as tours
For updated information on the threat level or
other information from the Department of Homeland
Security, visit www.dhs.gov.
We urge you to share this information with your members,
state offices and others involved in food and agriculture.
Working together, we will continue to keep America's
food and agriculture safe.