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Center for Domestic Preparedness (FEMA)


The Center for Domestic Preparedness provides advanced, all-hazards training to approximately 50,000 emergency responders annually from state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, as well as the federal government, foreign governments, and private entities, as available. The scope of training includes preparedness, protection, and response.

Since it opened its doors in 1998, the CDP has trained more than 1.3 million responders.

Responders in 17 different disciplines – Emergency Management, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Service, Governmental Administrative, Hazardous Materials, Healthcare, Law Enforcement, Public Health, Public Safety Communications, Public Works, Agriculture, Education, Citizen/Community Volunteer, Information Technology, Security and Safety, Search and Rescue, and Transportation – train at the CDP.

The responders come from all 50 states and territories, as well as a number of foreign countries.

Center for Domestic Preparedness

Emergency Management Institute

National Preparedness Course Catalog

Emergency Preparedness Self Assessment Tool




This assessment tool was developed to assist hospitals in revising and updating existing disaster plans or in the development of new plans. The tool was originally used by a subject matter expert survey team to collect data for a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) grant so it is constructed in a survey format. The data was then used to develop a specialized instruction program for that facility that addressed any areas needing improvements. We feel this assessment tool can also be utilized in a self-assessment format by the institution in the review of their disaster plans.

This assessment tool was based on two resources, the Hospital Emergency Analysis Tool (HEAT) with the assistance of Dr. Neill Oster and the ACEP text Community Medical Disaster Planning and Evaluation Guide. When used to revise or update existing disaster plans, the items can be used to systematically review each aspect of the current disaster plan. The facility can determine if any items are not applicable to their particular facility. When used to assist in the development of a new disaster plan, the tool provides an excellent check list to assure every aspect of disaster planning is addressed.

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) has several other resources such as our on-line Hospital Evacuation Planning training program and our Hospital Patient Surge Planning Templates.

Hospital Disaster Preparedness Self-Assessment Tool

Emergency Preparedness for Healthcare




These free online trainings include five units that describe key principles in healthcare emergency management. Units include Emergency Management Program; Incident Command System, Multiagency Coordination System, and the Application of Strategic NIMS Principles; Healthcare System Emergency Response and Recovery; and Emergency Management System Evaluation and Organizational Learning for Healthcare System. These free online trainings include five units that describe key principles in healthcare emergency management.

Emergency Management Principles and Practices for Healthcare Systems

ASPR Hospital Surge Evaluation Tool

Surge Planning Checklist

Family Information Center Planning Guide for Healthcare Entities

California Department of Public Health (CDPH) – 15 minutes until 50 patients





Train emergency department staff, physicians and ancillary/support personnel to be ready to receive a surge of patients within 15 minutes of notification.

Determine the healthcare facility’s capacity and layout to set up supplies and equipment to manage 50 patients within 15 minutes.

Utilize HICS and strengthen communication between disaster patient care areas and the Hospital Command Center

Webinar hosts Chris Riccardi, CHSP, CHEP, CHCM-SEC, of Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance and Terry Stone, RN, of Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital led the development of this program. Our hosts will guide participants through the 15 ‘til 50 MCI Toolkit, made available free of charge through grant funds. The Toolkit contains videos, slide decks, checklists, a planning guide, plan template and much more!

15 ’til 50 – Mass Casualty Incident Toolkit: Multimedia

15 ’til 50 – Mass Casualty Incident Toolkit: Toolkit Library

Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX)




The Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) is an internationally recognized leader in emergency response training, workforce training and technical assistance. Last year, TEEX served more than 174,000 people from every U.S. state and 109 countries worldwide. Major TEEX programs include Fire and Emergency Services, Infrastructure and Safety, Law Enforcement and Protective Services and Business and Cyber Solutions.

As part of the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium and home to the National Emergency Response and Recovery Training Center, TEEX has also been a leader in homeland security training since 1998, providing federally funded homeland security training and exercises for communities across the nation.

Full Course Catalog

Online Courses

TRAIN Florida



TRAIN Florida is a gateway into the TRAIN Learning Network, the most comprehensive catalog of public health training opportunities for professionals who serve the citizens of Florida. TRAIN is a free service for learners from the Public Health Foundation.

TRAIN Florida

State Emergency Response Team (SERT) Training Resource and Activity Center (TRAC)





The State Emergency Response Team (SERT) Training Resource and Activity Center (TRAC) Learning Management System is managed by the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM). SERT TRAC provides a course catalog complete with Emergency Management and Preparedness and Response online and classroom trainings.

State Emergency Response Team Training Resources & Activity Center

Orientation to SERT TRAC

Emergency Management Institute (EMI) – FEMA




The National Preparedness Online Course Catalog provides searchable, integrated information on courses provided or managed by FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), Emergency Management Institute (EMI), and National Training and Education Division (NTED).

FEMA Training

ICS Resource Center

Federal Emergency Management Agency Student Identification System

IS-100.C: Introduction to the Incident Command System

IS-200.C: Basic Incident Command System for Initial Response

IS-700.B: An Introduction to the National Incident Management System

IS-800.D: National Response Framework, An Introduction

After-Action Report/Improvement Plan

This resource provides an AAR/IP template and instructions for completion. It is intended to be a user-friendly tool for healthcare providers to document their performance during emergency planning exercises and real emergency events. It is also used to make recommendations for improvements for future performance. The AAR/IP template is modeled after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Homeland and Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) Vol. III AAR/IP, which was issued in February 2007.

After-Action Report/Improvement Plan (AAR-IP) Template

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Exercises are a key component of national preparedness — they provide the whole community with the opportunity to shape planning, assess and validate capabilities, and address areas for improvement. HSEEP provides a set of guiding principles for exercise and evaluation programs, as well as a common approach to exercise program management, design and development, conduct, evaluation, and improvement planning.

Through the use of HSEEP, the whole community can develop, execute, and evaluate exercises that address the preparedness priorities. These priorities are informed by risk and capability assessments, findings, corrective actions from previous events, and external requirements.  These priorities guide the overall direction of an exercise program and the design and development of individual exercises.

Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program

Preparedness Toolkit

HSEEP Training Videos

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