The CDP on Friday unveiled its new mission statement – “Training the best for the worst.” 

The statement, created by a team of employees from across the center, “Clearly defines what we do as an organization and will set the tone and direction for every initiative we undertake as we work to remain the nation’s premier all-hazards training center,” said CDP Superintendent Tony Russell. 

“The statement also aligns seamlessly with the mission statement of our parent organization, FEMA, which is ‘Helping people before, during and after disasters,’” he said.

The CDP provides advanced, all-hazards training to approximately 50,000 state, local, tribal, and territorial responders annually.  The training, to include round-trip transportation, lodging and meals, is fully funded by the Department of Homeland Security.

Since its founding in 1998, the CDP has trained more than 1.1 million responders.