|Local responders attend Homeland Security training|
Perkins County Health Services employees, Kristi Griffiths, Kenny Hutsell, Becca Lagler and Melissa Prante recently completed Homeland Security training at the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), located in Anniston, Ala.
The CDP is operated by the United States Department of Homeland Security’s FEMA 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.
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.
Training at the CDP ensures that responders gain critical skills and confidence to be better prepared to effectively respond to local incidents no matter how big or small.
The 32-hour course lasts four days and includes both classroom instruction and realistic scenario-based exercises-complete with the expected chaos, noise, power failures, media briefs, and even victims from a mass casualty event.
This healthcare class not only helped the employees to realize that non medical staff are just as important as medical staff during a crisis; but also the importance of the entire community being involved in disaster preparedness.
It also taught them to prepare at home with their family ahead of time so that they are better able to help out Perkins County Hospital in the time of a disaster/crisis.
Last year Pam Holm, Dana McArtor and Laurie Walrod went to this federally funded training and this class had such an impact of what a disastrous event could do to the citizens and property of the Perkins County Health Services area that they decided to send more employees to Alabama to receive the CDP training.
For additional information about training opportunities at the CDP, visit http://cdp.dhs.gov.