Cumbria could struggle if there is another outbreak of foot and mouth disease, says an independent expert.
Professor Phil Thomas, a scientific consultant with expertise in agriculture and epidemiology, said contingency plans had not been tested.
Addressing the county council on Thursday he said that although a national plan had been drawn up, a local action plan was untested.
Mr Thomas chaired the council's original disease inquiry in 2002.
He claims it is vital that there is a local exercise to make sure that everyone knows what they should do.
He said: "That would be the ideal situation to get to. There is a series of issues in relation to footpaths and rights of way.
"Cumbria is a very complicated place and therefore the plan needs to be out there in the public domain and tested through a proper exercise so any limits can be identified."