Emergency Responder Emily Snow, from the Oklahoma State Department of Health, recently completed training offered by the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), in Anniston, Ala. The CDP is operated by the United States Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and is the only federally- chartered Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) training facility in the nation.
Ms. Snow joined 32 other emergency responders from across the nation for the immersive five-day training on the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) public health emergency response program of the Centers for Disease Control. SNS is deployed when disease outbreaks or weaponized biological agent attacks occur. “This training experience was like no other. When you get to work with this many people from so many different places and backgrounds, it is transformative. The one thing we had in common was that we all shared a similar outlook and approach to the job we do of protecting public health. I have a renewed confidence in the ability of our great nation to rise to the challenges that may face us, no matter our personal differences,” she said. Ms. Snow is a resident of Stillwater, Oklahoma, and is responsible for public health emergency response coordination across twelve counties in northeast Oklahoma, including Payne County. A graduate of Oklahoma State University, she also holds numerous FEMA certifications and has extensive experience in both human and animal disaster response.
The CDP develops and delivers advanced training for emergency response providers, emergency managers, and other government officials from state, local, and tribal governments. The CDP offers more than 40 training courses focusing on incident management, mass casualty response, and emergency response to a catastrophic natural disaster or terrorist act. Training at the CDP campus is federally funded at no cost to state, local, and tribal emergency response professionals or their agency.
Resident training at the CDP includes healthcare and public health courses at the Noble Training Facility, the nation’s only hospital dedicated to training healthcare professionals in disaster preparedness and response.
A number of resident training courses culminate at the CDP’s Chemical, Ordnance, Biological and Radiological (COBRA) Training Facility. The COBRA is the nation’s only facility featuring civilian training exercises in a true toxic environment using chemical agents. The advanced hands-on training enables responders to effectively prevent, respond to, and recover from real-world incidents involving acts of terrorism and other hazardous materials.
Responders participating in CDP training gain critical skills and confidence to respond effectively to local incidents or potential WMD events.
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