Hospital associates prepare for the worst with Homeland Security training course
SEPT. 11, 2013 - Advocate South Suburban Hospital’s Lisa Harton, RN, BSN, and Stephanie L. Whitten, recently completed training offered by the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), in Anniston, Ala.
Harton, a Mokena resident, is the hospital’s Director of Critical Care Services. Whitten, from Monee, is the Disaster Preparedness/Emergency Management Service Coordinator.
The advanced hands-on training the two women received will enable them to help Advocate South Suburban Hospital effectively prevent, respond to, and recover from real-world incidents involving acts of terrorism and other hazardous materials. The goal of the training is to give responders like Harton and Whitten critical skills and confidence to respond effectively to local incidents or potential weapons of mass destruction (WMD) events.
The CDP is operated by the United States Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency and is the only federally chartered Weapons of Mass WMD training facility in the nation.
A number of resident training courses culminate at the CDP's Chemical, Ordnance, Biological and Radiological Training Facility (COBRA). The COBRA is the nation's only facility featuring civilian training exercises in a true toxic environment using chemical agents.
The CDP develops and delivers advanced training for emergency response providers, emergency managers, and other government officials from state, local, and tribal governments. The CDP offers more than 50 training courses focusing on incident management, mass casualty response, and emergency response to a catastrophic natural disaster or terrorist act. Training at the CDP campus is federally funded at no cost to state, local, and tribal emergency response professionals or their agency.
Resident training at the CDP includes healthcare and public health courses at the Noble Training Facility, the nation's only hospital dedicated to training healthcare professionals in disaster preparedness and response.