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Department of Homeland Security Shield / FEMA
Center for
Domestic Preparedness
Center for Domestic Preparedness

Training the Best for the Worst

Resident Training

In person training conducted at the Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, AL.

Non-Resident Training

Center for Domestic Preparedness Training conducted at select state and local venues.

Indirect Training

Become a CDP authorized trainer and deliver CDP courses in your local jurisdictions.

Online Courses

Self-Paced online awareness level training.

Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT)

Interactive virtual experience via an online training environment.

CDP YouTube Training Channel

Audio- and video-based content to provide just-in-time training.

Latest News

CDP has released its VILT schedule for November.

CDP releases Virtual Instructor-Led Training schedule for November

CDP adds microlearning offerings to its training catalog.

Microlearning offerings among CDP virtual training options

CDP continues work on medical ‘Overwhelming Trauma Events’ course.

CDP continues work on medical ‘Overwhelming Trauma Events’ course

CDP has released its non-resident and indirect training numbers for September.

CDP releases non-resident, indirect training numbers for September


Overview of the
Center for Domestic Preparedness

Background of

The Center for
Domestic Preparedness

The Center for Domestic Preparedness provides advanced, all-hazards training to approximately 50,000 emergency responders annually from state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, as well as the federal government, foreign governments, and private entities, as available. The scope of training includes preparedness, protection, and response.

Since it opened its doors in 1998, the CDP has trained more than 1.3 million responders.

Responders in 17 different disciplines – Emergency Management, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Service, Governmental Administrative, Hazardous Materials, Healthcare, Law Enforcement, Public Health, Public Safety Communications, Public Works, Agriculture, Education, Citizen/Community Volunteer, Information Technology, Security and Safety, Search and Rescue, and Transportation – train at the CDP.

The responders come from all 50 states and territories, as well as a number of foreign countries.

The Center for Domestic Preparedness Building (top right), Noble Training Building (bottom left), Cobra Training Building (center left), and the Advanced Responder Training Complex (bottom center)