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Emergency Preparedness and Response Training Resources

This page features scheduled and on-demand emergency preparedness and response training resources offered by CDC, other federal agencies, and COCA partners. If you have questions about this page, please write to us at

COCA Resources

Learning Connection/Emergency Management (CDC)
CDC Learning Connection features emergency preparedness and response learning products for public health professionals and clinicians that were developed by CDC and CDC partners.

National Center for Disaster Medicine & Public Health (NCDMPH)
The NCDMPH leads federal, and coordinates national efforts to develop and propagate core curricula, education, training and research in all-hazards disaster health.

Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response Partnerships (CDC)
This site is designed to provide valuable, relevant information to current and potential partners by sharing ongoing initiatives to highlight opportunities for collaboration.

Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Centers (CDC)
CDC provides funding for 14 PERLC across the U.S. PERLC provide training to state, local, and tribal public health authorities within self-defined service areas and meet partners' unique workforce development needs in the area of public health preparedness and response; specialized training, education, and consultation.

Travelers’ Health Resources and Training (CDC)
On-Demand training, travel resources, and video presentations for clinicians.

Federal Resources

Emergency Management Institute (EMI/FEMA)
Emergency Management Institute is the emergency management community’s flagship training institution, and provides training to Federal, State, local, tribal, volunteer, public, and private sector officials to strengthen emergency management core competencies for professional, career-long training.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Center for Domestic Preparedness Resident Training: Healthcare
Scheduled classroom and simulation courses are offered on a rotating basis. Emergency training for participants of varied disciplines and varied levels of responsibility in FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness. All-hazards preparedness training for state, local, or tribal government emergency responders is fully funded, including travel, meals, and lodging, by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Independent Study Program
The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) offers self-paced courses designed for people who have emergency management responsibilities and the general public. All are offered free-of-charge to US citizens.

National Terrorism and Preparedness and Preparedness Institute (NTPI) Training Opportunities (FEMA/USDHS/USDJ)
First responders enrolled in National Terrorism and Preparedness Institute (NTPI) online courses can earn continuing education units (CEUs) from St. Petersburg College. First responders can access online courses via the ANGEL system. A user account is required as well as verification that the course participant works for a first responder agency.

Medical Reserve Corps
MRC volunteers train through coursework, drills, and exercises; Continuing Education credits are available for some programs. MRC volunteers include medical and public health professionals including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, veterinarians, and epidemiologists. Many community members – interpreters, chaplains, office workers, legal advisors, and others – can fill key support positions.

National Association of County and City Health Officials Advanced Practice Centers (APC) Training Web sites
The National Association of County and City Health Officials’ APC promotes innovative and practical solutions that enhance the capabilities of all local health departments and the public health system to prepare for, respond to, and recover from public health emergencies.

National Nurse Emergency Preparedness Initiative (NNEPI) (USDHS)
NNEPI is a highly-interactive, web-based course that provides emergency preparedness training for nurses working in hospitals/acute care, schools, public health, ambulatory care, hospice/palliative care, long-term care, occupational health, and home health settings. This web-based training focuses on providing opportunities for dynamic and interactive application of both theory and practice through scenario-based learning.

Disaster Resistant Communities Group Just In Time Disaster Training Library (DRCG)
The purpose of this on-line library is to provide a single, easy to search source in which individuals, agencies and organizations can access Just In Time Disaster Training materials. The materials found in this library cover disaster related preparedness, response and recovery training for a wide variety areas.

Tracking and Reunification of Children in Disasters: A Lesson and Reference for Health Professionals
This online lesson provides steps on responding to an unaccompanied child at a disaster scene. After thoroughly reviewing the lesson’s core material, learners will then solve three case studies with their acquired knowledge. The lesson also contains a downloadable reference card that the learner can use during an all-hazards event. The National Center designed this learning object for a wide range of health workers. NCDMPH is currently working on their next learning object which focuses on radiation exposure in children. The tracking and reunification lesson is available at the NCDMPH.

Partner Resources

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Educational Tools
The AAP offers a collection of curricula, training courses and webinars on disaster preparedness.

American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) EMS and Disaster Preparedness
ACEP and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers resources that may help local or state health officials prepare for, respond to, and mitigate the health effects of bombings and other mass casualty events. They also have information for health professionals about treating injuries and stress in patients affected by mass casualty events.

American College of Physicians (ACP) Bioterrorism and Disaster Preparedness
CP's bioterrorism and disaster preparedness section covers resources for a wide variety of topics, including pandemic flu, anthrax and smallpox.

American Trauma Society (ATS) Trauma Resources
ATS has developed resources to help trauma centers in several ways.

American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Disaster Preparedness Training
AVMA provides training resources for veterinary emergency preparedness, as well as preparedness and safety training resources for non-veterinary learners in online, classroom, and simulation activities.

Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR) Teaching Emergency Preparedness
A collaborative effort between APTR and the Columbia University School of Nursing, Center for Health Policy.

Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors (CRCPD) Homeland Security/Emergency Response – Centralizing Access to Resources
The purpose of this project was to evaluate the feasibility of developing self-sustaining volunteer emergency response programs that will include radiation protection professionals, primarily by incorporating radiation professionals into existing volunteer registries and programs, rather than creating entirely new volunteer groups.

Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) Emergency Preparedness Resources
The ENA encourages members to participate in efforts designed to prepare health care facilities for all types of hazardous situations.

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