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Center for
Domestic Preparedness

Resident Training

If you are a state, local, or tribal government emergency responder, this training is completely funded by DHS at no cost to you or your jurisdiction. We fly you into Atlanta airport, pick you up, transport you to the CDP, and provide all meals and lodging. For federal, civilian and international requests, please contact a coordinator.


  • Statewide/Territorial

    First responders who have authority to perform duties throughout a state/territorial boundary in accordance with department/agency mission. Examples may include State Police, State Fire Marshal’s Office, State Hazardous Materials Teams, and National Guard.

  • Local Government

    First responders who have authority within a small geographic area to perform official duties in accordance with department/agency mission. Examples may include law enforcement and fire personnel who work at the city, town, county or parish level; healthcare providers who work at local hospitals.

  • Tribal Nation

    First responders within a recognized Indian tribe, band, nation, or other organized group or community, including any Alaska Native village or regional or village corporation who perform official duties in accordance with local laws and government. Examples may include first responders within tribal or Alaska Native reservations/villages; Indian Health Services.

  • Special District

    First responders within an independent governmental unit that exists separately from, and with substantial administrative and fiscal independence from, general purpose local governments such as county, municipal, and township governments. Examples may include Water ports, airports, highways, mass transit, hospitals, water supply, and electric power.

  • Private Sector

    First Responders usually composed within organizations that are privately owned and not part of the government. Examples include corporations (both profit and non-profit) such as railroads, partnerships, and charities. NOTE: Healthcare personnel who work in hospitals responsible for mass casualty incident response do not fall into this category.

  • Military

    Service members who are assigned to specialized fields that directly support response efforts at the federal, state or local level. Active duty and Reserve forces are considered federal assets and National Guard a stat asset.

  • Federal (Non DHS)

    First responders who work for the federal government outside of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Examples include DOD employees, Veterans Affairs employees.

  • DHS

    First responders who work for the federal government within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Examples may include U.S. Coast Guard, Transportation Security Administration, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

  • FEMA

    First responders or personnel who support citizens and emergency personnel to build, sustain, and improve the nations capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. Examples may include disaster assistance employees and disaster preparedness employees.

  • International

    Individuals who work in any of the approved disciplines in support of a foreign government or corporation. Examples may include foreign healthcare workers.

Eligible Attendees

Any other skilled support personnel that provide immediate support services during prevention, response, and recovery operations. A limited number of courses are discipline specific and will be indicated in each course description.


Prerequisite training requirements can be found under “Prerequisites and Requirements” in each course description.


All eligibility requirements and prerequisites will be verified by the individual State Administrative Agency Training Point of Contact prior to an application being forwarded to the CDP.

Resident Training Coordinator Contact Information

For training application and related questions or issues, contact your respective CDP Training Coordinator.

Western Region

Mr. David Hall (866) 213-9548 (256) 847-2081

Central Region

Mr. Dan Cody (866) 213-9547 (256) 847-2084

Eastern Region

Mr. Tom Tidwell (866) 213-9546 (256) 847-2082


Mr. David Hall (866) 213-9548 (256) 847-2081

Federal, Private Sector, and International

Mr. Tom Tidwell (866) 213-9546 (256) 847-2082

For log in, access and technical system questions or issues, contact CDP Help Desk Support by email or 866-213-9699. Hours of operation are Mon–Fri. 7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Central.