Emergency Preparedness and Response

Who We Are

State Veterinarian: Dr. Ryan Wolker

[email protected]

(602) 542-4293

Asst. State Veterinarian / Emergency Coordinator: Dr. Suzette dePersio

 [email protected]

(602) 329-8377

Emergency Preparedness Planner IV: Dwayne C. Uhlig, MSEM

[email protected]

(602) 542-0943



The Arizona Department of Agriculture (AZDA) emergency response team’s mission is to mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural and man-made disasters and disease outbreaks that affect the Arizona agricultural community


Emergency Support Function Responsibilities

Emergency Support Functions (ESFs) provide the structure for coordinating interagency support for a state response to an emergency. The Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs (DEMA) tasked the AZDA to be the primary agency for ESF 11 – Agriculture and Natural Resources. Therefore, the AZDA stands ready to assist in coordinating the mitigation, planning, response, and recovery for agriculture and natural resources during all-hazard emergencies.

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