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Environmental Health Supports Emergency Response Training

Emergency situations require quick response for the recovery and safety of those affected. Response methods aren't limited to extinguishing a fire, restoring power, or cleaning up hazardous materials. Underlying factors that may instantly affect a scene or will affect how emergency events unfold are often overlooked.

Hazard Assessment and Response Management (HARM) Course

Hands-on training that provides both mental and physical challenges to emergency responders is difficult to duplicate. Few training courses require students to demonstrate solid response skills, while providing parameters and developing plans to a hazardous materials or WMD response. As the year 2010 unfolds, preparedness and response training continues to play a large role in the readiness of tod...

Toxic Agent Offers Real-World Response Skills Training

The man-made threat facing America and the international community is real. Reports indicate terrorists are seeking opportunities to use Chemical, Biological and Radiological methods that will result in death and disrupt daily operations.

TRIAGE: The Cute, Cuddly Side of Disaster Response

The Center for Domestic Preparedness, located in Anniston, Ala., strives to be the training facility of choice for emergency response providers across the nation. One innovative approach to training is using stuffed animals during triage training in several courses. Responder students must prioritize the needs of the sick and wounded following a mock explosion. And what they find may be a furry ex...

Protective Measures, Response Actions Prepare Law Enforcement for WMD Threats

The WMD threat facing today's emergency responders is frighteningly real. Recent reports show that a terrorist attack using such weapons is likely by the end of 2013. In addition to manmade events, the potential for accidental chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive (CBRNE) hazards also exists.

Responding through Training

The Center for Domestic Preparedness trains emergency response providers from State, local, and tribal governments, as well as the Federal government, foreign governments, and private entities when appropriate. Since its establishment in 1998, the CDP has graduated more than 440,000 responder students.

TERT Takes Toxic Approach to Emergency Response

The Technical Emergency Response Training (TERT) course is considered one of the most unique courses offered at the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) in Anniston, Ala.