Emergency Preparedness

Advance preparation is the key to protecting animals and the safety of our food supply. This section describes how livestock producers and animal owners can plan for emergencies and evacuations before they occur.

Tracking and notification programs

Two approaches aid Manitoba's response during an animal or food safety emergency:

Manitoba Premises Identification Program maps out parcels of land where livestock and poultry are grown, kept, assembled or disposed of. The program is the foundation for a national traceability and rapid notification system. In a crisis, such as a disease outbreak or natural emergency, officials can use the Premises ID database to quickly identify individuals who may be affected. All owners and operators of premises with livestock and poultry must complete a premises identification application.

Traceability systems track the movement of food through all points of the production system, from farm to consumer. If traceability is in place and there is a concern with a food product, these systems can quickly pinpoint the source so the issue can be addressed immediately. The approach limits the potential loss and exposure within the food production industry while promoting better protection of human health.

Preparing to evacuate livestock

To ensure proper care, follow these tips as you make or update your plans.


These resources can help Manitobans protect their pets' health and safety.


For more information please contact the Chief Veterinary Office at chiefveterinaryoffice@gov.mb.ca or call 204-945-7684 in Winnipeg.