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These five officers from the Long Beach Police Department, in California, recently attended the Law Enforcement Protective Measures (LEPM) and Law Enforcement Response Actions (LERA) courses at FEMA?s Center for Domestic Preparedness, in Anniston, Ala. The CDP training allows the Long Beach Police D

Long Beach Police Train for Hazardous Threats, Expand Knowledge for Department

Five police officers from Long Beach, Calif., recently attended training at FEMA's Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), in Anniston, Ala. The officers enrolled in three courses with a goal to increase their knowledge in response to a toxic agent or biological incident. The CDP training allows the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) to remain current with California safety mandates and lays the ...

Emergency responders attending the Hospital Emergency Response Training (HERT) for Mass Casualty Incidents course decontaminate simulated survivors and rush them to waiting hospital personnel attending the Healthcare Leadership (HCL) for Mass Casualty Incidents course. The emergency responders were

Mini ICE Takes Hefty Approach to Integrate Courses, Cohorts

Sirens wail as ambulances deliver more patients to the makeshift decontamination site set up outside the hospital's emergency department entrance. Medics and hospital staffers race to triage the new patients. It's a nightmare scenario that everyone prays never happens, but you have to be prepared to face. And, that's exactly what these medics, nurses, doctors and other specialists are doing: Train...

A nurse from Tennessee decontaminates a simulated patient during a mass casualty exercise at the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP). Ten hospitals representing the northeast region of Tennessee sent 37 employees to the CDP’s Hospital Emergency Response Training for Mass Casualty Incidents (HERT)

NE Tennessee Hospitals Find Benefit in CDP Training

The 10 facilities sent 37 employees to the CDP's Hospital Emergency Response Training for Mass Casualty Incidents (HERT) course and the HERT Train-the-Trainer course. The HERT course is designed to prepare hospitals to conduct safe and effective emergency medical response to a mass casualty incident, while the train-the-trainer course allowed the graduates to deliver CDP training programs in their...

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Center for Domestic Preparedness Receives Reaccreditation to Offer Continuing Education Credits

The Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) recently passed a stringent year-long reaccreditation process that allows its emergency responder students to earn continuing education credits for the courses they take at the CDP.

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CDP Alumnus Issue 9

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

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CDP Alumnus Issue 8

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

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CDP Alumnus Issue 7

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

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CDP Alumnus Issue 6

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

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CDP Alumnus Issue 5

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

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CDP Alumnus Issue 4

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

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CDP Alumnus Issue 3

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

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CDP Alumnus Issue 2

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

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CDP Alumnus Issue 1

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

Patient Simulators Bring Training to Life

They breathe, bleed, cry,show pain, and they can even talk. Many have died and been brought back to life several times in one day during mass casualty exercises at the Center for Domestic Preparednessin Anniston, Ala. The CDP’s Human Patient Simulators (HPS) provide a level of realism and student interaction that’s impossible to replicate with cardboard cutouts or lifeless mannequins.

New York City Police Officer Wayne Rhatigan, of the mounted police force, sits on his trusty steed Miggs in Times Square. Officer Rhatigan credits CDP training for his decisive response to evacuate a specific area of Times Square following an attempted car bombing in May 2010.

A Very Real Payoff for Preparedness Training

Here at the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) we focus on delivering all-hazard preparedness training for local, tribal and state first responders. This training is timely, skill-based, and a critical investment in more resilient communities. Time and time again, we have seen cases of CDP alumni putting what they have learned with us to work—saving lives, protecting property and making our co...

Helena law enforcement discuss the procedures they must take to remove protesters from the state capitol in July 2011

CDP Training Pays Off for Montana Civil Disobedience Team

The city of Helena, Mont. garnered national attention in mid-July 2011 when approximately 70 environmental activists from Montana and other states gathered at the state capitol to dispute construction of a planned pipeline from Alberta, Canada through Montana. Thanks to training through the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), the local Civil Disobedience Team (CDT) was prepared to respond and ...

Bold Steps in Preparedness: Training for biological attacks at the Center for Domestic Preparedness

On the morning of February 8, 26 responders from more than a dozen states made history when they donned Personal Protective Equipment and entered a unique training facility in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. These individuals were the first group of responders to train with biological materials at the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, A...

Integrated Capstone Event Expands Training for Responders

Long known for its unique, hands-on training classes for emergency response personnel, FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), recently combined three courses and 108 respondersinto an Integrated Capstone Event (ICE), giving students from multiple disciplines the opportunity to experience the full impact of a mass casualty incident.

Modern Emergency Department Enhances Training at CDP

FEMA's Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) reopened its hospital Emergency Department (ED) for training in late January. Five months after renovations began the 8,000 square foot area features expanded training space and improved technologies to enhance medical surge training for CDP students.

CDP Training Helped Communities Prepare for Real World Pandemic

"The CDP pandemic training gave us the insight to educate our employees and local fire departments on the pandemic issue. It helped us prepare our institution in ordering supplies and having the masks, gloves and sanitizers on hand. We all knew this was going to happen, we just didn't know when. This has played out just like the [exercises] we did in Anniston. But even faster than expected." -Bob ...