In October 2012, the Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) welcomed the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) as its newest partner. NDPTC is a Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) training partner dedicated to providing critical all-hazards training throughout the United States and its territories with an emphasis on natural hazards and island and coastal communities.
NDPTC Director Karl Kim said, “We are delighted to partner with EDEN and look forward to working together on the development and delivery of training and educational programs to help build and sustain resilient communities. EDEN members can take many different roles, from hosting courses, to becoming instructors and participating in train-the-trainer programs, and helping to evaluate and improve our training courses. You can find out more about on-going efforts at our website: ndptc.hawaii.edu.”
Signing the partnership agreement on behalf of EDEN, then Chair Virginia Morgan White said, “This is a wonderful partnership that will benefit both parties. NDPTC has FEMA-certified courses and well-qualified instructors. As a nation-wide network of Extension educators, we are located throughout areas targeted by the NDPTC courses. Together, we can expand our reach and help enhance the disaster resilience of coastal communities.”
Instructors Dolan Eversole and Dennis Hwang presented a sample of the center’s offerings at the EDEN annual meeting in Tunica, Mississippi. Attendees participated in an abbreviated version of the FEMA-certified course, Coastal Community Resilience. A complete course schedule is available on the NDPTC website.
NDPTC is the second member of the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium to partner with EDEN. In February 2012, EDEN signed a partnership agreement with the National Center for Biomedical Research and Training (NCBRT).