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Staff Sgt. John Austin, of the 149th Chemical Company, takes a break alongside some of the personal protective equipment used in the ERHM course.

Soldiers Assigned To The California National Guard’S 149th Chemical Company Deployed To Train At The CDP

Soldiers assigned to the California National Guard’s 149th Chemical Company deployed to train at the CDP for two weeks in January, training that helped them to better prepare for both their military mission and their civil support mission.

Alabama Responders train for big event

Alabama Responders Train For Big Event

More than 100 responders from across the great state of Alabama are gearing up for their final test tomorrow: the Integrated Capstone Event (ICE), a hands-on and interdisciplinary exercise during which the students respond to a mass casualty incident.

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CDP Alumnus Issue 17

Welcome to the seventeenth issue of the CDP Alumnus, a quarterly newsletter for Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) students, alumni, and others interested in the CDP.

State Administrative Agency (SAA) representatives, representing 37 states, four territories and the District of Columbia attended the National State Administrative Agency Training Symposium at the CDP recently. A total of 140-plus SAAs and other representatives took part in the symposium which was o

NDPC Holds Third National State Administrative Agency Training Symposium

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) recently hosted the National State Administrative Agency (NSAA) Training Symposium. A total of 37 states, four territories and the District of Columbia were represented amounting to more than 140 attendees.

Edna Savetilik

Shaktoolik Residents Learn Incident Command Skills At Center For Domestic Preparedness

When Alaska native Edna Savetilik left her home in Shaktoolik, Alaska, Nov. 9, to attend training at the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) in Anniston, Ala., she admitted, she didn’t really know what she was getting into.

Kansas hospital lead staff discuss response procedures in the hospital’s command center conference room.

Kansas South Central Healthcare Coalition Strengthens Preparedness Program

The South Central Kansas Healthcare Coalition reinforced bonds and tested its ability to respond during an emergency recently. The coalition attended training at the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) in Anniston, Ala., practicing with multiple counties and multiple hospitals from the Sunflower State.

Members of Florida’s Environmental Response Team (ERT) sample hazardous materials while preserving evidence during CDP training.

Florida ERT Combines To Support State, Protect Public

More than 20 members of Florida’s Environmental Response Team (ERT) practiced in hands-on training recently at the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), located in Anniston, Ala. These first responders attended the Hazardous Materials Technician for CBRNE Incidents (HT) course. The course conveys complex concepts using hands-on learning models offering realistic scenario-based exercises.

Michigan healthcare employees treat the symptoms of a Human Patient Simulator following a scenario-based mass-casualty incident at the Center for Domestic Preparedness. Nearly 140 healthcare personnel, representing more than 25 Michigan hospitals, attended training.

Great Lake’s State Prep For Response And Recovery

Nearly 140 healthcare personnel, representing more than 25 Michigan hospitals, long-term care facilities, EMS agencies and fire departments, attended training at the Center for Domestic Preparedness’ (CDP) Noble Training Facility (NTF) recently. These personnel represented six counties, almost 22 percent of the Great Lake State.

Alabama students participate in Be Ready Day

Alabama’s Capitol Site For Be Ready Alabama

MONTGOMERY, Ala.— Alabama’s Capitol lawn was the site of the state’s tenth Ready Alabama Day, Sept. 12. The Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) joined more than 20 emergency response and volunteer organizations displaying the latest in response capabilities and training opportunities.

Representatives of different tribal communities occupy the Hospital Command Center as a mass-casualty incident surges the hospital during training.

Native Americans Prepare For Disaster Response

More than 12 tribes from six states met at the CDP recently. The 27 Native Americans attended the Healthcare Leadership for Mass Casualty Incidents (HCL) course and was the first time for the majority to combine with different tribes in a single training setting.

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CDP Alumnus Issue 16

Welcome to the sixteenth issue of the CDP Alumnus, a quarterly newsletter for Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) students, alumni, and others interested in the CDP.

New process after Sept. 15, 2014

Training Registration Pilot Seeks To Simplify CDP Enrollment

The CDP has incorporated measures that reduce the enrollment process for emergency responders attending training. The new process simplifies admission steps, decreases the paperwork burden and automates the approval process for students attending training.

Students are able to use a variety of handheld technology to scan and monitor patients using tracking software that displays the current status of survivors during exercises.

Patient Identification Technology Introduced At CDP

Students attending healthcare training at the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) will soon have automated capabilities to track patients during mass casualty exercises. Patient tracking, oftentimes automated, is used in a variety of healthcare facilities throughout the United States and is a key component to incident response and management.

Members of the National Veterinary Response Team (NVRT) examine symptoms from pets following a simulated disaster. The NVRT joined more than 100 state, local and federal responders from across the United States in training at the CDP. The center was able to coordinate training with its local humane

NVRT Offers Unique Edge During Multi-Disciplined Response Training

Earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, or even blizzards can wreak havoc on a region, city and community. Disaster has an influence on thousands or sometimes millions of citizens living in an affected area. Multiply the number of families affected with the number of pets and farm animals that may be displaced and the number affected could grow astronomically.

Members of the California U.S. Army National Guard’s 185th Military Police Battalion march to form a line protecting a government facility from possible illegal protest. The Guard members were part of more than 110 other soldiers participating in law enforcement training at the CDP.

Homeland Response Force, National Guard prepares to support state

The 185th Military Police (MP) Battalion, 49th MP Brigade, California National Guard, took advantage of training at the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) recently. The battalion spent two weeks in Anniston, Ala., honing their skills employing crowd control measures, countering protester tactics, learning to manage incidents and performing their military police duties in an area contaminated w...

CDP Training Venues Unique For Response Training

The hazardous materials technician profession evolves constantly and HAZMAT techs must stay abreast of the latest techniques and tools to respond safely. The threat of intentional manmade incidents requires persistent vigilance, but accidental HAZMAT incidents occur throughout the United States almost daily, some are life-threatening and many harm the environment.

Leidos logistics contractors make up the team responsible for providing students with essential training equipment. Logistics personnel support the Training Delivery contract by providing transportation, set-up, recovery and maintenance of all training equipment for both Resident and Non-Resident tr

Leidos Logistics: Ensuring Quality Training For All

Single filed and carrying black mesh bags, students from across the country pour into the logistics room to collect their daily ration of equipment. Tyvek suits, rubber boots, compressed air, among many other training tools line the racks and walls for students to grab as if grocery shopping. Along the aisles Leidos logistics personnel are assisting. This direct interaction is one of the very few ...

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CDP Alumnus Issue 15

Welcome to the fifteenth issue of the CDP Alumnus, a quarterly newsletter for Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) students, alumni, and others interested in the CDP.

FEMA Corps group: FEMA Corps Summit 5 members joined the CDP staff. One or more of the team members worked in nearly every CDP directorate. Left to right: Patrick Blinkhorn, Arisa Salvino, Emily Davis, Marcos Martinez, Derek Miller, Rachael Hoxsie, Jeanne Kelley, Faith Palmreuter, Ashanti Gillespe,

FEMA Corps Team Supports CDP

Ten members of FEMA Corps Summit 5 just completed their tour of service at the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), a first for the team members and for the CDP staff.

Members of the University of New Mexico Hospital staff and university employees activated the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) recently, following a violent protest demonstration and a helicopters mishap on the hospital roof. The staffs credit CDP training for clear decision making during an emerge

UNMH Uses CDP Training In Real-World Responses

The University of New Mexico Hospital (UNMH) has sent nearly 50 hospital and university employees to CDP training in the last 12 months. Recently, many of those workers put the skills they learned to use when a peaceful demonstration turned violent and a helicopter mishap occurred on the hospital’s roof.

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CDP Alumnus Issue 14

Welcome to the fourteenth issue of the CDP Alumnus, a quarterly newsletter for Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) students, alumni, and others interested in the CDP.

Baltimore City emergency medical personnel help a survivor to safety during a simulated mass-casualty event at the Center for Domestic Preparedness, in Anniston, Ala. The state of Maryland sent Baltimore’s Regional Incident Management Team (IMT) and more than 130 emergency response personnel to atte

Regional Incident Management Team Prepares For Large-Scale Events

More than 130 emergency responders from the state of Maryland, including members of the Baltimore Regional Incident Management Team (IMT), joined more than 100 other emergency responders from across the United States recently. These emergency responders trained together at the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) located in Anniston, Ala.

Lara Blake, a hospital operations administrator at University of Kentucky, accepts care of a simulated patient with an arm amputation during the Integrated Capstone Event (ICE) in the emergency department at the Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Ala. Approximately 80 healthcare professio

Kentucky Hospital Association Trains For The First Time At CDP

Emergency responders and incident managers are continually preparing, reviewing policies and training for potential hazards that could one day affect their community.

Students learn how a patient simulator is used in healthcare training during a tour of the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP). Fifty local high school students, enrolled in Community Emergency Response Team Training, toured the CDP on FEMA’s first National Day of Action.

Aspiring Healthcare Professionals Mark National Day Of Action With Tour Of CDP

Fifty local high school Health Science students marked FEMA’s first National Day of Action by touring FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) in Anniston, Ala., April 30.

Nursing students from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing learn to use radiation detection equipment at the Center for Domestic Preparedness. The students completed Incident Complexities – Responders Actions for CBRNE Incidents (ICR) course.

UAB Nursing Students Complete CDP Training

Nursing students from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing completed two courses at the Center for Domestic Preparedness, April 7.

6th grade students check for a heart beat on a live patient simulator at Alabama’s 8th Annual Be Ready Camp. FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness brought three simulators for demonstrations on how first responders are trained.

CDP Attends Be Ready Camp

HUNTSVILLE, Ala.--FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) supported Alabama’s 8th Annual Be Ready Camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center here for the first time Thursday, April 27.

Veterans Health Administration (VHA) employees rush a simulated patient through the initials stages of decontamination during training at FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), in Anniston, Ala. VHA employees representing 14 states and 22 VA medical centers came together for training at the

VA Medical Centers Demonstrate Disaster Response At CDP

Predicting disaster or hazardous incidents is impossible. The next major event can come at any moment. Preparation and planning for the unexpected is the only course of action when the number of lives saved is determined by an appropriate response.

Colin Pinnington (right), senior instructor supervisor for the United Kingdom’s National Ambulance Resilience Unit (NARU), receives a tour of the CDP’s street scene. The CDP and U.K.’s NARU continue an instructor exchange program to share ideas and best practices.

CDP Continues Exchange Program With UK Counterpart

The CDP recently hosted a member of the United Kingdom’s National Ambulance Resilience Unit (NARU). NARU has the responsibility for ongoing education and development of the U.K.’s Hazardous Area Response Teams (HART). There are 15 HARTs located throughout England and each is charged with providing clinical care to casualties following a major incident.

New Hampshire hospital employees decontaminate a simulated survivor, or patient simulator, during an exercise at the CDP. New Hampshire sent almost 50 employees from 17 different New Hampshire hospitals to attend CDP training.

New Hampshire Hospitals Train Together, Plan For Disaster At CDP

In the wake of natural disasters or other events that create the need for emergency response, organizations across the United States continually review response plans and improve training. FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) is committed to training and preparing response groups for mass-casualty events related to disasters or other catastrophic events.

Gold Level Indirect Authorized Trainers (2013)

Indirect Authorized Trainers Recognized

The Center for Domestic Preparedness' (CDP) Indirect Authorized Trainer Program (IATP) is designed to efficiently offer courses in a responder's home jurisdictions. Through qualified Train-the-Trainer (TtT) programs, CDP graduates deliver TtT courses to their home organization and neighboring response units.

(Left to Right) Rob Stewart, Keith Fehr and David Hogg, all three Silver Level CDP Authorized Trainers recently returned to resident training at the center. The IATP officially identifies members of the CDP Indirect Authorized Trainer community who acquire special training skills of direct benefit t

Authorized Trainers Return To CDP

Three trainers from the CDP’s Indirect Authorized Training Program (IATP) returned to Anniston to further their skills responding to hazardous incidents. David Hogg, Keith Fehr and Rob Stewart, from the Maricopa Integrated Health System, Phoenix, Ariz., attended the Technical Emergency Response Training for CBRNE Incidents (TERT) course.

TERT Students go through agent operations at the COBRA. During the exercise, students work with and identify biological materials Ricin and Anthrax and also nerve agents GB and VX.

Southwestern College Continues TERT In Paramedic Program

Classrooms, textbooks, presentations and computers are possibly a student’s most common expectation of a typical learning environment. Recently, 24 students, from Southwestern College in San Diego, traded in their pens and notebooks for breathing apparatuses, bulky gloves, rubber boots and protective suits. These students are enrolled in the college’s paramedic program and attended training at FEM...

(From left to right) Jason Hail, Kendra Cobb, Derick Reaves, Jon Collins, Kristy Bowling, Josh Stearns, Jodi Roberts, Chris Harper, Ashley Newton, and Jeremy Brown make up the full-time paramedic team.

SMRC Keeping CDP Staff And Students Healthy

The safety and welfare for more than 200 students and 800 federal and contract employees throughout the week is no easy task. SMRC is up to the challenge.

Rick Searcy

Rick Searcy Named Instructor Of The Year

Law Enforcement course instructor Rick Searcy was named the 2013 Instructor of the Year at the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), Feb. 6.

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Office for Bombing Prevention

The mission of the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Office for Bombing Prevention (OBP) is to protect life and critical infrastructure by building capabilities within the general public and across the private and public sectors to prevent, protect against, respond to, and mitigate bombing incidents.

Forty five FEMA employees attended the first FEMA Incident Workforce Academy (FIWA)

Employees graduate first FEMA Incident Workforce Academy at CDP

Forty five FEMA employees attended the first FEMA Incident Workforce Academy (FIWA) held at the Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Ala., Jan. 27 – Feb. 7.

Nearly 50 of the Troopers attended the Field Force Operations (FFO) course at FEMA's Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP). The training is designed to provide law enforcement the knowledge to successfully employ crowd control measures during civil disorders. The Troopers are building on current ca

Alabama State Troopers Prepare Field Forces

More than 200 Alabama State Troopers will complete training at FEMA's Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) early this year. Alabama's Department of Public Safety plans to send more than half of the state's Troopers through training over the next several weeks.

The CDP has incorporated new e-reader technology into training that reduces production cost. The CDP hopes the use of electronics in the classroom enhances adult learning and reduces the amount of paper and other student materials commonly used in a classroom environment.

Technology Modernizes Learning Environment, Saves Money

In July 2012, FEMA's Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) incorporated electronic-based strategies in the classroom. By removing traditional paper course materials from approximately 40 percent of its courses, the CDP saves $100,000 on average a year in production costs.

Forty people from Minnesota's Northeast Healthcare Preparedness Coalition (NHPC) recently attended the Pandemic Planning and Preparedness (P3) course at FEMA's Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP). Photo by Benjamin Crossley, CDP External Affairs

Minnesota Plans for Emergency, Prepares for Pandemic Response

Forty people from Minnesota's Northeast Healthcare Preparedness Coalition (NHPC) recently attended the Pandemic Planning and Preparedness (P3) course at FEMA's Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP). Students represented 20 partnering agencies including: healthcare facilities, local and tribal public health; public safety; emergency management; the Minnesota Air National Guard; and regional health...

Alabama State Troopers

Alabama State Troopers return to CDP for Field Force Training

A second wave of State Troopers, representing the great state of Alabama, kicked off training this week. Nearly 50 of the Troopers attended training at FEMA's Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP). Alabama's Department of Public Safety will send close to 200 State Troopers through training over the next several weeks.

Students attending the Healthcare Leadership for Mass Casualty Incidents (HCL) course operate the Emergency Department of the CDP's Noble Training Facility. The NTF is the only hospital in the nation solely dedicated to training healthcare professionals for mass casualty response.

Courses merge for Integrated Capstone Event

The first Integrated Capstone Event of 2014 merged students from a variety of disciplines at FEMA's Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP).

Michael Schroeder, Environmental Health Specialist. CDP EHTER 2013 Graduate. (Photo courtesy of Michael Schroeder)

Environmental Health Aids Eastern Parts of Illinois

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY, Ill.-A violent tornado outbreak created havoc across seven states, Nov. 17. Records revealed this was the most fierce tornado event ever during the month of November. Around 1 p.m., the town of Gifford and other parts of Champaign County experienced crippling winds as three tornados left thousands without power, destroyed water systems and badly damaged public infrastructure.

Alabama State Troopers attended training at FEMA's Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP)

Alabama State Troopers Prepare Field Forces

More than 50 Alabama State Troopers attended training at FEMA's Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) recently. Alabama's Department of Public Safety plans to send nearly 200 State Troopers through training over the next several weeks.

Healthcare professionals pause to listen to an instructor during the Healthcare Leadership for Mass Casualty Incidents (HCL) course at FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Ala. The 40 employees represented 13 different hospitals in the Northeast Tennessee area. (Photo by Benjamin Cro

NE Tennessean Health Professionals Return to CDP

Forty healthcare professionals returned to FEMA's Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) to train in preparation for a mass-casualty incident that they hope will never come. The employees represented 13 different hospitals in the Northeast Tennessee area and took part in the Healthcare Leadership for Mass Casualty Incidents (HCL) course in Anniston, Ala.

John Blandamer

Behind the Scenes: CDP Employee Works to Build a Safe Environment for Students, Staff

As the CDP's Industrial Hygienist, John Blandamer has a unique job. To start with, he's the CDP's only Industrial Hygienist. But, what sets him apart from others in his career field is that he is responsible for protecting the students and approximately 800 employees at the only training facility in the country where civilian responders can train in a toxic-agent environment.

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CDP Alumnus Issue 13

Welcome to the thirteenth issue of the CDP Alumnus, a quarterly newsletter for Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) students, alumni, and others interested in the CDP.

Role Player/Actors (RPAs) often use moulage to create wounds and other injuries using stage makeup and molds.

Role Players Offer Real-World Training Experience

American citizens depend on a skilled response force as their source of security during a threat, or following a disaster or mass casualty event. Training at FEMA's Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) focuses on incident management and emergency response to a catastrophic disaster. This training requires the finest teaching methods and the best instructional and support staff available.

Hospital professionals from Kansas participate in the Healthcare Leadership for Mass Casualty Incidents (HCL) course at the Noble Training Facility (NTF) conducted by the Center for Domestic Preparedness. HCL is designed to assist healthcare professionals in generating decisions in response to a mas

CDP Trains Regional Preparedness Group

The South Central Kansas Regional Hospital Preparedness Group attended training at FEMA's Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), during November. The group, 53 in total, attended the Healthcare Leadership for Mass Casualty Incidents (HCL) course, represented 19 counties and 31 hospitals from the Sunflower State.

Members of the Emergency Management Coalition of Eastern Alabama pose for a photo at FEMA's Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP). The coalition recently toured the CDP during its quarterly meeting. Front Row L to R - Denise Cooey (Deputy Director EMA Etowah Count.), Dr. Eric Best (JSU), Ashley Sis

CDP Hosts Eastern Alabama Emergency Management Coalition

The Emergency Management Coalition of Eastern Alabama convened for its quarterly meeting at the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) recently. The coalition was formed almost one year ago and consists of 25 members, representing more than 10 counties.