DHS Announces Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium Training for Emergency Management Programs

The Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium (RDPC) was established by Congress and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security  (DHS) to develop and deliver relevant all-hazards training in support of rural homeland security requirements. All training delivered by the RDPC is certified by DHS and offered tuition-free to the nation’s emergency response community and associated stakeholders. Visit www.ruraltraining.org to view the course catalog and training schedule or call 859-622-8994 for more information.

The course below is meant for rural school districts and is an on-site course. The course is free for rural school districts, but districts would need to provide a classroom space for the course and have a minimum number of participants per course. For additional information, please go to http://www.ruraltraining.org/courses/awr-148 or call 859-622-8994.

AWR 148 Crisis Management for School-Based Incidents – Partnering Rural Law Enforcement and the Local School Systems

Crisis Management for School-Based Incidents – Partnering Rural Law Enforcement and the Local School Systems is an eight-hour course designed to educate rural law enforcement personnel as well as school administrators and staff on the elements that would allow for an effective response to school-based emergencies. Schools in small, rural, and remote areas across the country account for almost 23% of the total student population (more than 11 million students). Rural schools, law enforcement, and other emergency responders are often limited in resources, so it is imperative that all potentially affected parties collaborate on planning, preparing, communicating, responding, and recovering from a school-based incident. Through this course, rural law enforcement officials receive information and training tools that may be used when working with their local school systems. As a result of the training, law enforcement, superintendents, principals, school resource officers and others within the school system will be better prepared to work collaboratively when a crisis occurs.

Key elements of the course:
- Introduction to Incident Planning and Preparedness
- Proactive Threat Mitigation
- Incident Response
- Incident Recovery

This course also addresses:
- Vulnerability Assessments
- Threat Assessment Management
- Incident Defusing and Debriefing
- Parent Reunification
- Anniversaries, Memorials, “Copy-Cats”

This course supports the strategic goals of Homeland Security Presidential Directive 8 – National Preparedness, the National Preparedness Goal and the Target Capabilities List in the areas of: Information Gathering and Recognition of Indicators and Warning, Critical Infrastructure Protection, On-Site Incident Management, Responder Health and Safety, Public Safety and Security Response, Explosive Device Response Operations, Citizen Evacuation and Shelter-in-Place, Emergency Public Information and Warning, Restoration of Lifelines, Economic and Community Recovery, Intelligence and Information Sharing and Dissemination, Planning, Communications, and Community Preparedness and Participation.

To schedule this training in your jurisdiction please contact the RDPC at 859-622-8994 or email info@ruraltraining.org. This training was developed by The University of Findlay, a member of the Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium.