When players and fans of the two Championship teams converge on Atlanta this weekend, they’ll have the Center for Domestic Preparedness among those to thank for ensuring they are safe during their time in the city.

That’s because the CDP has provided training to – among others - more than 3,000 responders from across Georgia the past two years, many in direct preparation for the event which is expected to draw upward of 1 million visitors to city.  The training was conducted both at the CDP campus in Anniston, AL, and at sites across the Peach State, and it involved responders from a range a disciplines, from law enforcement and medical specialists to emergency managers.

That’s nothing new for the CDP.

The CDP routinely supports states and local jurisdictions and helps them “bridge their capability gaps” as part of their preparation for National Special Security Events, such as Super Bowls, the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, and presidential inaugurations.  National Special Security Events draw large crowds and television audiences and are considered by the Department of Homeland Security to be a potential targets for terrorism or other criminal activity.   

In fact, the CDP is already working with the states and local jurisdictions which will host the next two Super Bowls – Miami, FL (2020) and Los Angeles, CA (2021).  It’s also working with Alabama and the City of Birmingham, as they prepare to host the World Games in 2021.