The NDPC is a DHS/FEMA training partner providing high-quality training to emergency responders throughout the United States and its territories under DHS/FEMA's Homeland Security National Training Program Cooperative Agreement. Preparedness is a shared, national responsibility requiring our active participation to prepare America to address its threats.

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About the NDPC

The NDPC is a partnership of several nationally recognized organizations whose membership is based on the urgent need to address the counter-terrorism preparedness needs of the nation’s emergency first responders within the context of all hazards including chemical, biological, radiological, and explosive Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) hazards.

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The NDPC is sponsored through the Department of Homeland Security/FEMA National Preparedness Directorate. It is the principal means through which the Directorate identifies, develops, tests, and delivers training to state and local emergency responders.

Since its establishment in 1998, the NDPC's impact on national preparedness has been substantial. The NDPC has conducted training in all 50 states and each U.S. territory. This training has benefited more than 1,900,000 people since 1998. Today, the consortium's various programs meet the training and education needs of more than 60,000 emergency responders and state, local, and tribal government employees. The consortium applies its expertise in academics, curriculum development, and instructional techniques to produce training programs that address the most urgent needs of the emergency response community.

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The FEMA National Preparedness Directorate (NPD) consists of three training branches: the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), the Emergency Management Institute (EMI), and the National Training and Education Division (NTED). The NDPC and RDPC are training components of NTED.

Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP)
Train at the nation's premier all-hazards training center! FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), located in Anniston, Alabama, is the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS)'s only federally chartered Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) training center.

Emergency Management Institute (EMI)
Through its courses and integrated programs, EMI serves as the national focal point for the development and delivery of emergency management training to enhance the capabilities of State, local, and Tribal government officials; volunteer organizations; FEMA’s disaster workforce; other Federal agencies; and the public and private sectors to minimize the impact of disasters and emergencies on the American public. EMI curricula are structured to meet the needs of this diverse audience with an emphasis on separate organizations working together in all-hazards emergencies to save lives and protect property. Particular emphasis is placed on governing doctrine such as the National Response Framework, National Incident Management System, and the National Preparedness Guidelines.

National Training and Education Division (NTED)
NTED serves the nation's first responder community, offering more than 150 courses to help build critical skills that responders need to function effectively in mass consequence events. NTED primarily serves state, local, and tribal entities in 10 professional disciplines, but has expanded to serve private sector and citizens in recognition of their significant role in domestic preparedness.

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Funding for the Congressionally-authorized National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC) is an annual appropriation through the Homeland Security National Training Program Cooperative Agreement.

Funding: The NDPC has been funded annually at various levels since 1998.

Congress has invested millions of dollars into the development of the NDPC, ensuring that all US emergency responders/receivers have access to high-quality training. This funding allows the NDPC to develop and deliver training at no direct cost to state and local agencies.

The NDPC as a Homeland Security National Training Asset
The NDPC is an entity with deep experience, demonstrable expertise, unique competencies, and a long-standing relationship with DHS/FEMA; one which is trusted by state, local, tribal, and territorial jurisdictions. It supports the national training program mandate to identify, develop, test, and deliver homeland security training to all emergency disciplines. Created after the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the NDPC has the ability and willingness to continually evolve to meet the needs of America’s responders/receivers.

Further, the NDPC has the ability to be immediately responsive to the unique first responder/receiver training needs of each state through cooperation and coordination with each State Administrative Agency. The NDPC provides each state with targeted and needed first responder/receiver training to address current gaps and strengthen its identified core capability needs, thus enhancing our nation’s preparedness.

The NDPC enables the consistency, effectiveness, and efficiency of centralized management with decentralized training and course deliveries.

The robust training network that has been created by the NDPC is a result of stability and the continued support of Congress. Benefits of this network include a relevant database to provide specific information on each state’s receipt of training assets from the NDPC and the benefits derived from fiscal support.

The stability and long term investment in the NDPC serves as a force multiplier for all future funding by providing:

  • no need for start-up costs to develop a program;
  • high quality curriculum and course deliveries at no direct cost to state and local agencies;
  • trusted, expert cadre of instructors with real world experience from across the country;
  • continuity in training for improved mutual aid and collaborative response efforts;
  • quality assurance and high caliber peer review of curricula;
  • continual reevaluation of course materials for relevance and emerging needs;
  • ability to assist states and responders in remaining relevant and consistent by aligning course content to national doctrine and standards;
  • ability to reach a large, diverse, and growing audience by employing innovative training techniques;
  • promotion of the whole community approach to emergency preparedness;
  • ability to help communities analyze training gaps and provide appropriate training;
  • affiliations with renowned academic, state, and federal institutions;
  • significant investment in information technology infrastructure, facilities, training equipment, and materials;
  • established, proven data collection and reporting systems and processes, designed specifically to meet the needs of FEMA and state, local, tribal, and territorial agencies;
  • well-developed trusting relationships between NDPC members and state, local, tribal, and territorial agencies;
  • well-developed trusting relationships between NDPC members and relevant federal agencies beyond funding agency;
  • nationally recognized outcome-based studies to demonstrate effectiveness and broad-reaching training outcomes; and
  • over 2 million trained responders/receivers as of the end of FY13. This number is increased to overall 6 million responders/receivers as a result of Innovation of Diffusion*.

Traditionally, Continuing Training Grant recipients have not shown the ability to sustain training beyond the initial funding period. As such, many of the CTG developed courses, if deemed to have ongoing need and relevance, have been assumed by existing NDPC members who have the facilities, infrastructure, and ability to sustain them.

With Congress’ investment in the NDPC over the years it would be extremely difficult, costly, and time consuming to attempt to replicate this consortium and its human resources, products, and facilities.

*Innovation of Diffusion document is available on website.

The mission of the NDPC is to enhance the preparedness of federal, state, local, and tribal emergency responders/first receivers and teams, including non-governmental organizations and the private sector, to reduce the Nation’s vulnerability to incidents involving weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, and all-hazard high-consequence events by developing, delivering, and assessing plans, training, technical assistance, and exercises.

The National Domestic Preparedness Consortium will be recognized as a professional alliance of premier national institutions and organizations whose work increases the Nation’s preparedness, safety, and security through teaching, training, exercises, technical assistance, and research.

We hold ourselves to the highest standards of professional ethical behavior.
We devote ourselves to ensuring that America’s preparedness needs are met in a responsible manner.
We constantly and consistently strive to exceed all expectations.
We believe that the best results are achieved through collaborative efforts.

The National Domestic Preparedness Consortium provides a list of acronyms and abbreviations found on the website, training partner websites, and those commonly used in the field of homeland security. Click below to access the list.

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