FEMA hosts third emergency-preparedness symposium

The 140-plus attendees at FEMA’s recent National State Administrative Agency (NSAA) Training Symposium represented 37 states, four territories and the District of Columbia. | Courtesy of the FEMA Center for Domestic Preparedness

The National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC) recently held its third training symposium, which helps provide specialized training to state and local agencies.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency's Center for Domestic Preparedness hosted the National State Administrative Agency (NSAA) Training Symposium, and more than 140 attended, representing 37 states, four territories and the District of Columbia.

“This symposium is about demonstrating the training and capacity building that are available through the seven-member consortium,” Karl Kim, chairman of the NDPC, said. “Each member has a specific focus or specializes in a certain range of hazards. Each brings a different expertise, and we work very closely as a group to ensure we are developing and delivering the right training for the right people.”

The NDPC is made up of seven nationally recognized organizations that train first-responders in all types of hazards, including counterterrorism, explosives, and chemical, biological and radiological attacks. The three-day symposium helped improve the level of preparedness among first-responders.

“The symposium is designed to educate everyone about the high-quality training that is available, and we hope everyone walks away with knowledge about the training that is available -- where to get it, how to access it, and how the training can be used to improve and increase the safety and security of their communities,” Kim said.

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