October 25, 2018

Larry Henderson and Rebecca L. McDonald, with 7 other members of the Southwest Virginia Hospital Preparedness Commission, 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.

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 40 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 the 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.

“I appreciate the opportunity to attend and learn more about how the regional coalitions fit into the bigger picture,” said McDonald. “Working through multiple disaster scenarios with a South Carolina region and Washington, DC was certainly a beneficial learning experience.”

Responders participating in CDP training gain critical skills and confidence to respond effectively to local incidents or potential WMD events.  Henderson is the Safety Officer and McDonald is the Infection Preventionist at Wythe County Community Hospital.