Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium

Jan 09, 2013 -- 8:03am



Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium (RDPC) is bringing

 a FREEDepartment of Homeland Security-certified course on Responding to the Functional Needs Populations of Rural Americato West Burlington, Iowa

Registration deadline is January 17th.  To register for this course, contact Gina Hardin at 319-753-8206 or or


When planning for a catastrophe, all components of the community need to be considered.  There are those who are unable to adequately manage their own part in an emergency management plan without some degree of assistance from others. When a disaster strikes, what are the plans for the elderly or children? What are the plans for those in nursing homes or other types of assisted-living facilities? All of these and more should be considered before the catastrophe occurs.


The Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium (RDPC) is providing first responders and others in West Burlington, Iowawith the planning and management-level skills they need to plan the efforts needed ensure the safety of those with functional needs, particularly those housed in assisted-living facilities and nursing homes during a crisis event in a free Department of Homeland Security (DHS)-certified course. This course will be on January 31st at GreatRiverMedicalCenter, 1221 S. Gear Ave, West Burlington, IA, 52655from 8:00 amto 5:00 pmgiving participants basic competencies associated with resource management and provides enough information to ensure rural areas can effectively plan for the worst.


The course, developed by NorthWestArkansasCommunity Collegein Bentonville, AR., an academic partner for RDPC, enables participants to recognize and plan adequate strategies and procedures to ensure each distinct component of the community is considered.   


Registration deadline is January 17th.  To register for this course, contact Gina Hardin at 319-753-8206 or or


The prerequisites for this course are ICS 100, IS-197.EM, and IS-200.b-ICS. Also, participants should have a working knowledge of emergency operations, management, and homeland security practices and functions on a management level.  They encompass a wide cross-section of the U.S.population, including people of all ages, genders, vocations, and backgrounds.


All training delivered by RDPC is certified by DHS and is offered tuition-free for a broad scope of stakeholders, including the traditional emergency response disciplines, and other emergency support functions as defined by the National Response Framework, as well as critical infrastructure owners and operators.


RDPC is a U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Training and Education Division (NTED) partnership of academic institutions with a vision of creating an environment wherein rural communities across Americawill have the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to enhance the safety, security and quality of life for their citizens.


Current members of the Consortium include EastTennesseeStateUniversity, EasternKentuckyUniversity, The University of Findlay, NorthWestArkansasCommunity College, and North CarolinaCentralUniversity.  Each of these institutions possesses extensive and unique capabilities relating to rural homeland security preparedness training.


As a strategic partner to the RDPC, The Center for Rural Development in Somerset, responsible for technology including a large network of interactive television (ITV), videoconferencing, and learning management systems necessary to manage large student populations and deliver courses to rural responders across the nation.

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