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Karl Kim

Karl Kim, Ph.D.
NDPC Chairman

Chairman's Corner

Recent severe weather events and flooding, as well as mass shootings in Paris and San Bernadino serve as a harsh reminder of the need for robust systems of preparedness, response, and recovery. These events also remind us of the important work of the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium. The Consortium is focused on preparing our nation's first responders and emergency managers to handle the worst case situations, those which imperil lives and cause signficant disruptions of America's quality of life. Since its inception, we've trained over two million people across every state. We've expanded our training to include flag and trust territories as well as tribal communities. In this issue, we learn how all the member organizations of the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium develop and deliver high quality training programs, at no cost to state and local responders to ensure the safety and security of our nation in the face of all hazards. We focus on how each center supports training across all of the Department of Homeland Security/FEMA core capabilities. 

In addition to providing highly specialized training to prepare our communities from radiological accidents or the detonation of a nuclear weapon, the Counter Terrorism Operations Support Program (CTOS) also supports sheltering, public health, and mass care services in the event of a major disaster. While Louisiana State University is focused on biological hazards and threats, it has also developed a new training course on managing food emergencies. In this issue, we also learn how the Transportation Technology Center, Inc. focuses on tank car and highway emergency response as well as training courses for ensuring the safety of our mass transit, freight rail, and intermodal transport systems.

Moreover, there is need to reach deep into the communities to manage critical incidents such as mass shootings which have plagued many of our school campuses. Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) has developed training in conjunction with the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators in response to the needs of campuses throughout the nation. Responding to many of the severe weather threats and changing hazards due to the El Nino Southern Oscillation, the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) at the University of Hawai‘i has developed courses on severe weather, partnering with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Weather Service, and was designated as a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador. Other NDPC members continue to provide state-of-the-art training to support the needs of our first responders throughout the nation. You will also learn how the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) has developed a unique "train-the-trainer" program to extend the reach of the CDP.

By partnering and working together with others such as the Emergency Management Institute, Rural Domestic Preparedness Center, and the Naval Postgraduate School, the Consortium can build capacity, extend training, and support deeper engagement with not just our state and local law enforcement and emergency management agencies, but also the communities we serve. Whether attacking the threats of climate change or radicalized violent terrorist groups or “lone wolf” killers, we need to work together to share intelligence and technologies, to identify risks and vulnerabilities, and to strengthen our capabilities to prevent as well as respond to critical incidents. Our first line of defense is a prepared and resilient community. We must continue to work with the whole community to ensure a safe and resilient future for all. 

Karl Kim
NDPC Chairman

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