The Center for Domestic Preparedness is now able to provide expeditionary training to responders, particularly those immediately facing or recovering from disasters.

The center’s curriculum team recently condensed a number of CDP courses into just-in-time, one- to four-hour training modules which can be provided to responders at their home stations. The CDP currently has more than 50 modules prepared, with a heavy emphasis on public health, hazardous materials, dealing with mass casualties, and incident command.

Once a jurisdiction identifies a need for training, “… Our goal is to respond within 24 hours,” explained Chuck Medley, CDP’s Assistant Director of Training Delivery.  

“We’ve already identified volunteers among our federal training staff and instructional staff to deploy on short notice,” he added. 

Multiple states have requested information about the expeditionary training, particularly following hurricanes Florence and Michael.

Immediately following Hurricane Florence, in fact, the CDP tested the expeditionary training concept by training 455 FEMA responders prior to them deploying to support recovery operations. Among other things, the FEMA responders were taught how to recognize and avoid hazards and safely move about in the disaster area.

For more information about the expeditionary training, contact Medley at Charles.medley@fema.dhs.gov.