COLLEGE STATION – The new Chair of the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC) is Al Davis, Deputy Director of the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service.
The gavel was passed to Davis from Karl Kim of the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center at the University of Hawaii on July 19 during the quarterly NDPC meeting in Las Vegas. Davis will serve a three-year term. (In photo, l-r, Al Davis and Karl Kim.)
Established in 1998, the NDPC is charged with training the nation’s first responders to prevent and prepare for terrorism, natural disasters, catastrophic accidents and other hazards. The seven members of the consortium are nationally recognized organizations committed to serving emergency responders by providing quality, cost-effective curriculum and training. The NDPC is sponsored through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Training and Education Division.
NDPC training comes at no cost and includes more than 180 courses that address the most urgent emergency preparedness needs. Over 2.6 million U.S. emergency responders, as well as state, local, and tribal entities and teams, have attended NDPC courses. The training is offered in every state and territory, and is funded by annual appropriation through the Homeland Security National Training Program.
The National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center (NERRTC) at TEEX is a founding member of the NDPC. Other members of the NDPC are: the Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology; the National Center for Biomedical Research and Training at Louisiana State University; the Center for Radiological Nuclear Training at the Nevada National Security Site; the Center for Domestic Preparedness; the Security and Emergency Response Training Center at the Transportation Technology Center, Inc. in Colorado; and the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center at the University of Hawai`i.
The NDPC members have expertise in cybersecurity and chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive agents, as well as in all five homeland security mission areas of prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery. Learn more about the NDPC at: https://www.ndpc.us/.