CDP training course prepares Native Americans for disaster response

Health care providers monitor symptoms from a simulated patient during training. More than 12 Native American tribes trained together at the CDP recently. | Courtesy of the Center for Domestic Preparedness
Native Americans from 12 tribes across six states recently met for the Healthcare Leadership for Mass Casualty Incidents (HCL) training course at the Center for Domestic Preparedness' Noble Training Facility.

The training connects tribal communities to government agencies to streamline response procedures and communication.

The 27 attendees trained for four days on how to provide a medical response to a catastrophic disaster, whether natural or man-made. The CDP hospital is the only facility in the nation equipped to provide training in mass casualty response through activation of the hospital command center and emergency operations in public health.

The majority of those trained were health care personnel, but there were also representatives from the public works, fire safety and finance offices.

Native American governments typically rely on their local personnel or enlist the help of surrounding communities through mutual aid agreements. The rural locations of many Tribal Nations also means access to training is limited.

Centralized training that teaches standardized practices and protocol is critical for the safety of the tribal communities. The HCL course also offers the opportunity for tribes to train with members of local governments from surrounding areas.

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