By Ronald Goins, Logistics Management Directorate
Over 70 participants from the Department of Homeland Security’s components took part in a day-long Logistics Surge Capacity Force training session at the Frederick Distribution Center, Frederick, Md., May 29.
The training, held by FEMA’s Logistics Management Directorate, Response Directorate - Incident Workforce Management Division and the Emergency Management Institute, saw a large turnout of DHS component employees from within the National Capital Region who received critical training in preparation for disaster logistics duties.
The training was the second pre-activation training held for Surge Capacity Force volunteers from across the Department of Homeland Security. This training adds to an increasing number of DHS component-agency staff trained by the Logistics Management Directorate for disaster response duties.
The Secretary of DHS will activate SCF volunteers when a catastrophic incident, such as a hurricane Sandy event, exceeds the capacity of FEMA’s existing disaster workforce to respond. Volunteering for the DHS SCF is a unique opportunity for all DHS component civilian employees to assist individuals in need during major disasters or emergencies.
Over 3,800 employees from all DHS components have signed up for SCF to support FEMA when needed. These components include the Transportation Services Administration, U.S. Customs and Immigration Services, U.S. Secret Service, and DHS Headquarters.