By Shannon Arledge, Center of Domestic Preparedness, Public Affairs
FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness, recently hosted the National State Administrative Agency Training Symposium in Anniston, Ala. A total of 35 states and five territories were represented amounting to more than 80 attendees. The NSAA symposium was a three-day event that highlighted collaboration, enhanced training opportunities, and training priorities to ensure the nation’s level of preparedness continues to improve.
State Administrative Agency’s oversee and manage preparedness training for state and local response agencies. This was the second symposium organized by the NDPC that provides specialized training to the nation’s response force.
“During the course of the last few days, I hope all the SAAs learned more about the resources available to the states through the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium, and the other FEMA training partners,” said Mike King, CDP Deputy Superintendent. “Each consortium member provides unique preparedness training programs that are vital to our nation’s response and recovery during a disaster, and our SAAs are the critical link for coordination, validation, and approval of the many training opportunities our state, local, and tribal first receivers and emergency responders receive.”
The NDPC is a partnership of seven nationally recognized organizations that provide counter-terrorism preparedness training for first responders within the context of all hazards, including chemical, biological, radiological, and explosive Weapons of Mass Destruction.
In addition to providing greater insights into NDPC training, the symposium helped training representatives from each state learn about the valuable training opportunities at NDPC partner institutions, including the Emergency Management Institute, Naval Post Graduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security, Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium, and Wright State University’s National Center for Medical Readiness.
NDPC members include FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness, Anniston, Ala.; New Mexico Tech’s Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center, Socorro, N.M.; Louisiana State University’s National Center for BioMedical Research and Training, Baton Rouge, La.; Texas A&M University’s National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center, College Station, Texas; Counter Terrorism Operations Support/The Nevada Test Site, North Las Vegas, Nev.; University of Hawaii’s National Disaster Preparedness Training Center, Manoa, Hawaii; and the Transportation Technology Center, Inc., Pueblo, Colo.