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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is offering a new crisis training program through its Center for Domestic Preparedness.

US first responders can take the training program for free – the costs, including airfare to and from Alabama, where the center is located, will be covered by the federal government.

However the training is not limited to just first responders. Individuals from the private sector can also take advantage of this program, though it will be at their own expense.

An article by the Johnson City Press, offers some insight about what the training is like. It covers the experience a group of Mountain States Health Alliance employees had with the CDP program.

“It was a really valuable week of training,” said Billy Teilhet in the article. Teilhet is MSHA’s corporate director of biomedical engineering.

“We had several days of classroom training and then three days of actual emergency management exercises utilizing a real hospital and incident command center. Homeland Security makes the training as realistic as you can get so you’re much better prepared for a real disaster incident. We got to learn to work with outside agencies and federal partners like you would be expected to in a real situation,” Teilhet told the Johnson City Press.

One of the things the MSHA group learned is the importance of working together with whoever is involved in the management of a crisis.

“One of the big things we learned is to not operate in a silo,” Teilhet told the Johnson City Press.

“You have city, county, state and federal resources and you have to know when to ask for assistance,” said Teilhet.

As an example, Teilhet referenced one of MSHA’s competitors.

“Wellmont is normally our competitor, but we learned to work with them on something like this. You have to make those connections and establish that rapport.”

Last, Teilhet commended the CDP’s program.

“The CDP has really top-notch instructors. Whatever role you play, you’ve got an expert mentor for your training. They really want you to bring something valuable back to your organization from this.”


For more information from the Center for Domestic Preparedness, click here For more information about MSHA’s experience with the program, click here