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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

Ebola Training Resources

CDC Expert Commentary Personal Protective Equipment Donning and Doffing Demonstration
This page includes guidance and recommendations, patient evaluation, laboratory information, diagnosis, and general information for workers in U.S. healthcare settings.

CDC Safety Training Course for Healthcare Workers Going to West Africa in Response to the 2014 Ebola Outbreak 
As part of a comprehensive and coordinated response to the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, CDC has developed an introductory training course for licensed clinicians (e.g., nurses, physicians, and other healthcare providers) intending to work in an Ebola treatment unit (ETU) in Africa.

Travel Grants for Healthcare Workers Attending CDC Ebola Safety Training Courses 
International Society for Infectious Disease is offering travel grants to individuals who are attending one of CDC’s safety training courses to be prepared to work in an ETU in West Africa. The 3-day courses will take place at the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, AL. The courses are open to healthcare workers from all over the world.

CDC Resources

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

Learning Connection Quick – Learn Lessons
Quick-Learn Lessons provide public health-related learning products and activities that take 20 minutes or less to complete. Products are also accessible from mobile devices so users can learn on the go.

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

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

Travelers’ Health Resources and Training
CDC offers on-demand training, travel resources, and video presentations for clinicians.

Other Federal Resources

Emergency Management Institute (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.

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

FEMA Center for Domestic Preparedness Resident Training: Healthcare
Scheduled classroom and simulation courses are offered on a rotating basis. Emergency training is targeted 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.

HHS Response and Recovery Resources Compendium
HHS Response and Recovery Resources Compendium Project is an easy to navigate, comprehensive web-based repository of HHS resources and capabilities available to Federal, State, local, territorial and tribal stakeholders before, during, and after public health and medical incidents. The resources in this repository may also be useful for public health and medical emergency management officials. Each topic contains a list of the major HHS capabilities, products and services that support that function, a brief description of each and information on accessing them.

National Terrorism and Preparedness and Preparedness Institute (NTPI) Training Opportunities (USDHS/USDJ)
First responders enrolled in NTP’s online courses can earn continuing education units 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)
MRC volunteers train through coursework, drills, and exercises. Continuing education credits are available for some programs. MRC volunteers include medical and public health professionals such as physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, veterinarians, and epidemiologists. Many community members – interpreters, chaplains, office workers, legal advisors, and others – can fill key support positions.

Early Responders Distance Learning Center (FDA)
The Early Responders Distance Learning Center of Saint Joseph's University was founded with the mission of providing state-of-the-art and accredited training for emergency responders to weapons of mass destruction and terrorist incidents. The center is partially funded through congressional appropriations directed to facilitate cross-agency cooperation and involvement at the federal, state, and local government levels.

National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Advanced Practice Center Training Web Site
NACCHO’s Advance Practice Center 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 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
The purpose of this online 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 of 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. The lesson also contains a downloadable reference card that the learner can use during an all-hazards event. The National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (NCDMPH) designed this learning object for a wide range of health workers and 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 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
ACP's bioterrorism and disaster preparedness section covers resources for a wide variety of topics, including pandemic influenza, 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
This is 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
CRCPD offers a new Radiological-Integrated Capstone Event, synchronizing the Radiological Emergency Response Operations, and Advanced Radiological Incident Operations courses to promote consistency in addressing and resolving radiation protection issues, to encourage high standards of quality in radiation protection programs, and to provide leadership in radiation safety and education.

Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health
A database of links to disaster medicine and public health documents available on the Internet at no cost.

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

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