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Mayor Richard Hildreth of Pacific, Wash., prepares for emergency responder training at the Center for Domestic Preparedness.

Mayors & First Responder Training

I recently completed the Hazard Assessment and Response Management (HARM) course, at FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), in Anniston, Alabama, which trains students to conduct a multi-disciplined response to a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, or Explosive incident. As a mayor charged with making key decisions that impact my local response teams during a major incident, advan...

It's Not Just Training, It's Preparedness

When the Center for Domestic Preparedness, located in Anniston, Ala., was founded in 1998, it was envisioned as a resident training facility that would train a maximum of 10,000 responders per year. In FY 2009, the CDP staff trained close to 99,000 responders from across the United States and its territories, well exceeding the initial expectations of the late ‘90s. Recently, the CDP celebrated it...

Moulage Casts Reality with Mock Injuries

At first it appears to be the set of Hollywood's latest horror film: torn tissue, blood, lacerations, broken bones and even vomit are enough to make the strongest person nauseous and woozy. But this isn't theater—it's the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) in Anniston, Ala.

Healthcare Leadership Offers Valuable, Relevant Training

Among the many emergency response courses offered at the Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Ala., the Healthcare Leadership and Decision-Making (HCL) course has defined its lineup of healthcare training

Incident Command: All Hazards Emergency Planning

Emergency responders training in today's climate are among some of the brightest citizens prepared to protect the nation and its territories. Responders are better educated and receive the most up-to-date training available.

Hazardous Materials Preparedness: Training For All-Hazards Response

The recent botched attempt to discharge explosive material in New York's Times Square may leave city leaders across America questioning their own levels of preparedness during an emergency.

Alabama Girl Scouts Earn Preparedness Patch

The Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) in Anniston, Ala., hosted more than 30 Girl Scouts Dec. 4. The goal of the visit was to assist the future leaders in earning the Preparedness Patch; a new program developed by the Girl Scouts of America and partnered with the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency.

CDP Celebrates 500,000 Trained

When the Center for Domestic Preparedness, located in Anniston, Ala., was founded in 1998, it was envisioned as a resident training facility that would train a maximum of 10,000 responders per year. In FY 2009, the CDP staff trained more than 98,000 responders from across the United States and its territories, well exceeding the initial expectations of the late ‘90s.

CDP Offers Critical Mass Protest Training

A city is only as strong as its response force. But how does a region remain on the cusp of preparedness, especially in the wake of large events that attract thousands of spectators?

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.