Two Our Lady of Victory Hospital leaders recently completed Homeland Security training at the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), in Anniston, Ala. Vice President of Clinical Services Roxie Greene, RN; and Quality Improvement/Risk/Employee Health Coordinator Carol Meyer, RN, attended the training.
The CDP is operated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and is the only federally-chartered Weapons of Mass Destruction training facility in the nation. The CDP provides federally-funded, interdisciplinary training for emergency responders from across the United States and U.S. Territories, for ten responder disciplines: Emergency Management, Emergency Medical Service, Fire Service, Governmental Administrative, Hazardous Materials, Healthcare, Law Enforcement, Public Health, Public Safety Communications, and Public Works.
Healthcare and Public Health training is conducted at the CDP’s Noble Training Facility, the nation’s only hospital facility dedicated to training hospital and healthcare professionals in disaster preparedness and response.
Many training courses culminate at the CDP’s Chemical, Ordnance, Biological and Radiological Training Facility, 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.
Greene and Meyer were at the facility for 4 days. Meyer said, “It was intense and very educational. We will use information received in the program to improve our own disaster planning.”
Greene added, “"It was a great experience. I think it is important for hospital leaders to participate in disaster preparedness training – to be able to expect the unexpected. I learned a great deal about the incident command role within our hospital structure –principles that I can apply to our local facility if ever needed. I look forward to attending another training session in the future."
Training at the CDP ensures that responders gain critical skills and confidence to be better prepared to effectively respond to local incidents or potential WMD incidents.
Additional information about CDP training programs can be found at http://cdp.dhs.gov.
FEMA coordinates the federal government’s role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.