FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness is prominently featured in a recently-published USA Today supplement about Department of Homeland Security organizations and people.  

The feature article covers two full pages of the publication and includes photos of responders training at the CDP’s COBRA (Chemical, Ordnance, Biological and Radiological) and Noble (Hospital) training facilities.

It quotes Kent Latimer, the chief of CDP’s Training Management Branch, as saying the Center’s elaborate training is “essential for helping responders deal with large-scale disasters such as 9/11 or Hurricane Katrina.”

The article also quotes Patrick Turek, director of emergency management at Hartford Healthcare in Hartford, CT, as saying while it (a recent airplane crash near his hospital with more than a dozen casualties) was a tragic circumstance, it was so rewarding for the team to be able to take the (training) experience from the CDP, put it into practice, and make a difference.”  The hospital had sent 31 of its leaders and healthcare specialists to the CDP’s Healthcare Leadership for Mass Casualty Events course in March.

The following link will take you to the supplement. The article about the CDP is on pages 36 and 38.