The Center for Domestic Preparedness is hosting its 2018 Hurricane Theme Week now through May 5 at its campus in Anniston.

The CDP is combining four courses and 175 coastal area emergency response and healthcare professionals for a week of hurricane-themed training, culminating in a mass casualty and environmental health exercise Friday at the center’s Noble Training Facility. This capstone exercise combines a large, mass casualty response and recovery operation involving the decontamination of live-actor and mannequin patients with environmental health tasks caused by a hurricane.

Hurricane Theme Week training also includes several guest lectures, including a presentation by Cheryl Nelson, an Emmy-nominated, certified broadcast meteorologist who will speak on hurricane preparedness and lessons learned from the last Atlantic Hurricane Season.

The 2018 hurricane season begins June 1 and runs through Nov. 30.

Meanwhile, the CDP’s parent organization, FEMA, continues its recovery and rebuilding efforts today in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Florida, Texas and other states, following damage from the 2017 hurricane season.