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Behind the Scenes: CDP Employee Works to Build a Safe Environment for Students, Staff

As the CDP's Industrial Hygienist, John Blandamer has a unique job. To start with, he's the CDP's only Industrial Hygienist. But, what sets him apart from others in his career field is that he is responsible for protecting the students and approximately 800 employees at the only training facility in the country where civilian responders can train in a toxic-agent environment.

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CDP Alumnus Issue 13

Welcome to the thirteenth issue of the CDP Alumnus, a quarterly newsletter for Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) students, alumni, and others interested in the CDP.

Role Player/Actors (RPAs) often use moulage to create wounds and other injuries using stage makeup and molds.

Role Players Offer Real-World Training Experience

American citizens depend on a skilled response force as their source of security during a threat, or following a disaster or mass casualty event. Training at FEMA's Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) focuses on incident management and emergency response to a catastrophic disaster. This training requires the finest teaching methods and the best instructional and support staff available.

Hospital professionals from Kansas participate in the Healthcare Leadership for Mass Casualty Incidents (HCL) course at the Noble Training Facility (NTF) conducted by the Center for Domestic Preparedness. HCL is designed to assist healthcare professionals in generating decisions in response to a mas

CDP Trains Regional Preparedness Group

The South Central Kansas Regional Hospital Preparedness Group attended training at FEMA's Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), during November. The group, 53 in total, attended the Healthcare Leadership for Mass Casualty Incidents (HCL) course, represented 19 counties and 31 hospitals from the Sunflower State.

Members of the Emergency Management Coalition of Eastern Alabama pose for a photo at FEMA's Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP). The coalition recently toured the CDP during its quarterly meeting. Front Row L to R - Denise Cooey (Deputy Director EMA Etowah Count.), Dr. Eric Best (JSU), Ashley Sis

CDP Hosts Eastern Alabama Emergency Management Coalition

The Emergency Management Coalition of Eastern Alabama convened for its quarterly meeting at the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) recently. The coalition was formed almost one year ago and consists of 25 members, representing more than 10 counties.

Train the Trainer brings Learning to the Home Front

Training provided within states and local jurisdictions by state and local trainers is a critical component of national preparedness. The Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) offers four Train-the-Trainer (TtT) courses that allow qualified graduates to deliver specific CDP training at their home jurisdictions.

Recruits from the Fire and Emergency Medical Service Training Academy, Prince Georges County, Md., attended training at FEMA's Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) recently. The academy sent 25 firefighter-medic recruits to attend the Emergency Responder Hazardous Materials Technician for CBRNE In

CDP Integrates Training with Recruit Academy

The Prince Georges County (Md.) Fire and Emergency Medical Service Training Academy attended training at FEMA's Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) recently. The academy sent 25 firefighter-medic recruits to attend the Emergency Responder Hazardous Materials Technician for CBRNE Incidents (ERHM) course. Earlier this year, 15 recruits from the same class participated in equivalent training.

Healthcare professionals attending training at the CDP decontaminate a simulated disaster survivor. These responders are from New Jersey, preparing for Super Bowl 48.

New Jersey uses CDP training to prepare for Super Bowl 48

If past Super Bowls are any indication, Super Bowl 48 stands to pack more than 70,000 fans in the bleachers of MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The Meadowlands Sports Complex will be the spectacle of the most popular program on television, Feb. 2, 2014.

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CDP Alumnus Issue 12

Welcome to the twelfth issue of the CDP Alumnus, a quarterly newsletter for Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) students, alumni, and others interested in the CDP.

Matt Lowery, CDP instructor, explains the equipment used by emergency responders to clean or decontaminate survivors following a hazardous incident. Several emergency response organizations provided large displays during Ready Alabama Day held at Auburn University.

CDP tackles Ready Alabama at Auburn University

AUBURN, Ala.-Auburn University served as the setting for Alabama's tenth Ready Alabama Day. The Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) joined more than 40 emergency response and volunteer organizations in displaying the latest in response capabilities and training opportunities.

DMAT members treat the symptoms shown by a patient simulator while training at FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP). A DMAT is a group of professional medical personnel, supported by logistics and administrative teams. The teams are designed to provide medical care during a disaster or othe

NDMS Builds Capabilities with Fundamentals Course

More than 50 healthcare professionals and trainers with the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) trained at FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) recently. The NDMS employed Disaster Medical Assistance Teams (DMAT) from 10 different states to attend the pilot fundamentals course.

Twenty seven recruits and two academy instructors participate in Emergency Responder Hazardous Materials Technician for CBRNE Incidents (ERHM) course. ERHM is a five-day class providing responders with a combination of lectures and advanced hands-on practical exercises.

Fire and EMS Academy uses CDP Training

The Prince Georges County (Md.) Fire and Emergency Medical Service Training Academy returned to the CDP to attend the Emergency Responder Hazardous Materials Technician for CBRNE Incidents (ERHM) course. The academy sent 27 recruits and two academy instructors to training, marking the second PG County recruit class to make the CDP part of its curriculum. These recruits graduate in May 2014 from th...

Tribal healthcare professionals respond to a mass casualty event in the emergency department (ED) of the Noble Training Facility (NTF) at the CDP. The NTF is the only hospital in the nation solely dedicated to preparing the healthcare, public health, and environmental health communities for mass cas

Native Americans Train at the CDP, Prepare for Disaster Response

Tribal members representing 23 American Indian tribes attended training at FEMA's Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) recently. This was the first all-tribal course taught at the CDP where members from 10 different states participated in a single course focusing on a mass casualty healthcare response.

A Military Police soldier secures a potential crime scene as a suspect is taken in to custody during training. The soldier is part of the California National Guard 870th Military Police Company that attended training at FEMA's Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) in Anniston, Ala.

Military Police Company Prepared to Support State

The U.S. Army National Guard supports its state in a variety of roles. Recently, California's 870th Military Police Company spent its annual training at FEMA's Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), located in Anniston, Ala. The company traveled with 93 soldiers and spent two weeks attending more than six courses focusing on effective use of law enforcement tactics in a contaminated crime scene a...

A group of emergency responders attending training at FEMA's Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) prepare to enter the CDP's mock subway train system through a simulated street scene used in training. These responders are part of the United States Army National Guard 140th Chemical Company from Lo

U.S. Army National Guard Takes Advantage of CDP Training for Their Region

The United States Army National Guard 140th Chemical Company from Los Alamitos, Calif., spent two weeks in Anniston, Ala., recently. The unit brought 38 soldiers to FEMA's Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) to attend advanced-level training on handling hazardous materials.

Healthcare professionals attending training at FEMA's Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) staff the hospital's command center during a simulated exercise. The newly renovated area serves as an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) or command center during healthcare training. The EOC is located at th

Noble EOC Commands Hospital Patient Surge

The Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) recently opened a new Emergency Operations Center (EOC) or hospital command center used by emergency responders during training. The EOC provides a modern learning environment with technology commonly found in EOCs nationwide.

The Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) operates 900,000 square feet throughout its training campus. The CDP's goal is to reduce consumption of electricity and natural gas throughout campus. Over the past two years, the CDP has completed several energy conservation projects. These projects were m

CDP Looks Forward to Savings Through Facility Projects

Government facilities nationwide continue to seek new strategies to save dollars and stretch smaller budgets. Over the past two years, the CDP Facilities staff has worked closely with the FEMA Energy Office to modernize systems throughout the 900,000 square feet of facilities on the CDP campus.

Woody Davis (LEFT), COBRA TF Operations officer, briefs a visitor on COBRA operations.

CDP Employee Receives Highest Honor in Loyal Order of Moose

A Center for Domestic Preparedness staff member was recently promoted to one of the highest positions within the Loyal Order of Moose (LOOM).

A family member looks at the "survivors" of a subway accident in one of the center’s training venues.

Bring Your Family to Work Day

Kent Latimer has worked at the Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Ala., on and off since 2004, first as a contractor and now as a federal employee. But, in those nine years, his wife, Kim, has never really had a chance to see what her husband does as a CDP training specialist. She didn't even know what his office looked like. That changed last week when the CDP hosted its "Bring Your Fa...

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CDP Alumnus Issue 11

Welcome to the eleventh issue of the CDP Alumnus, a quarterly newsletter for Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) students, alumni, and others interested in the CDP.