Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Buffalo Hospital's Emergency Management and Preparedness Coordinator, Hatti Edwards and Safety/Engineering/Environmen
tal Services Manager, Laurie McPhee, recently completed training offered by the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), in Anniston, Ala. The CDP is operated by the United States Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency and is the only federally chartered Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) training facility in the nation.
Emergency Managers and Responders participating in the CDP training gain critical skills and confidence to respond effectively to local incidents or potential WMD events. Hatti and Laurie attended this training with 29 other Emergency Managers/Responders from The Central Minnesota Health Care System Preparedness Program. The training that they received involved four days of in-classroom instruction as well as hands-on training. "The networking with other people around the country and hearing their lesson's learned from their disasters will only help improve our ability to respond if we were to have a similar emergency here in Wright County. We really enjoyed being able to attend this training. It helps us to better understand how to prepare our hospital and community for emergencies," said Hatti Edwards, Buffalo Hospital's Emergency Management and Preparedness Coordinator.
The CDP develops and delivers advanced training for emergency response providers, emergency managers, and other government officials from state, local, and tribal governments. The CDP offers more than 50 training courses focusing on incident management, mass casualty response, and emergency response to a catastrophic natural disaster or terrorist act. Training at the CDP campus is federally funded at no cost to state, local, and tribal emergency response professionals or their agency.
Resident training at the CDP includes healthcare and public health courses at the Noble Training Facility, the nation's only hospital dedicated to training healthcare professionals in disaster preparedness and response. A number of resident training courses culminate at the CDP's Chemical, Ordnance, Biological and Radiological Training Facility (COBRA). The COBRA is the nation's only facility featuring civilian training exercises in a true toxic environment using chemical agents. The advanced hands-on training enables responders to effectively prevent, respond to, and recover from real-world incidents involving acts of terrorism and other hazardous materials.
Information about CDP training programs can be found at http://cdp.dhs.gov. Visit the "News & Media" tab at the top of the site to download images, share CDP training articles, and find out what others are saying about CDP training. For more information about the CDP, contact the CDP External Affairs Office, at (256) 847-2212/2316 or e-mail pao@
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