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Author: Paul Ganem, Todd Wheeler
How well a community responds to a disaster or emergency depends, in large part, on how connected the community is.  The first step to meeting the needs of those impacted by a disaster is knowing what the needs are and what resources are available locally to meet those needs.  This disaster-related interconnectedness of a community can happen two ways: during a crisis where everyone is forced to work together towards a common goal, or by aggressively making the connections before a disaster through training and workshops. One of the courses taught at FEMA’s Emergency Management...
Posted On: June 20, 2013
Author: Liane Richardson
I am the County Administrator for a county approximately the size of Rhode Island.  With over 4,000 square miles, Lane County extends from the Pacific Ocean to the mountains, and includes dunes, wetlands, oceans, rivers, lakes, ski resorts, a large university, and a major north-south interstate.  The question of a large-scale disaster, man-made or natural, is not if it will occur, but when.CAPTION: Anniston, Ala., Oct. 25, 2012 -- Liane Richardson recently graduated the Technical Emergency Response Training for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive Incidents (...
Posted On: December 11, 2012
Author: Shannon Arledge
At FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness, there is now a new venue where first responders can receive invaluable, hands-on training: a subway. The subway features four full size cars complete with lighting, smoke, seating, video capability, and even realistic commercial signage that is common in subways.CAPTION: The CDP created a rail system that uses four cars. One car features a tunnel collapse scene, while another is damaged by an improvised explosive device. The subway system requires a response by emergency personnel to triage and extricate survivors, and mitigate the scene from...
Posted On: September 24, 2012
Author: Derek Jensen
A few months ago, we highlighted the introduction of biological materials into first responder training at FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness, in Anniston, Ala. Since the first group of responders went through this enhanced training on Feb. 8, a total of 270 responders from more than 30 different states have now trained with nonpathogenic strains of anthrax and ricin inside our Chemical, Ordnance, Biological and Radiological Training Facility.Here’s a short video giving a glimpse into the training:We initially piloted two courses—Technical Emergency Response Training for CBRNE Incidents...
Posted On: April 4, 2012
Posted by: Jason McNamara, Chief of StaffAnniston, Ala., Feb. 1, 2012 -- FEMA Chief of Staff Jason McNamara (Left) observes Robi Mobley, Human Patient Simulator (HPS) specialist, administer medication to an HPS commonly used in healthcare training at the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP). FEMA/Derek JensenOne of the challenges we often face in preparing for disasters is providing training that matches the realism of an actual event. I observed training Wednesday in a newly-renovated FEMA facility that is about as realistic as it gets without actually going through a terrorist attack or...
Posted On: February 3, 2012