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Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium


The Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium, led by The Center for Rural Development, is a DHS funded program providing training and resources to rural first responders. RDPC courses are offered both in-person and online.

The Institute for Homeland Security & Workforce Development partnered with the Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium (RDPC) in 2007 when North Carolina Central University was selected as one of six academic partners chosen to prepare rural emergency responders nationwide for all-hazards incidents. Congress and the Department of Homeland Security established the RDPC to develop and deliver all-hazards training in support of rural homeland security requirements. Led by Eastern Kentucky University the consortium is comprised of academic partners that possess extensive experience and unique capabilities in serving the rural emergency community. 

MGT 405 Mobilizing Faith-Based Community Organizations in Preparing for Disaster

This 8-hour, planning and management-level course trains faith-based community organization (FBCO) representatives, management-level emergency managers, and first responders from small and rural communities to strategically mobilize and engage members of FBCOs, including religious charities, nonprofits such as the Salvation Army, the American Red Cross, churches (both affiliated and unaffiliated), temples, synagogues, mosques, and NGOs etc., in a reciprocal approach to disaster planning that is integrated into current local and statewide emergency management efforts.

This course emphasizes grassroots mobilization and coordination efforts as a means of engaging all faith communities, thereby reaching those marginalized communities most vulnerable to disaster, most frequently excluded from the planning process, and ultimately, most difficult to aid in recovery. This course introduces vital emergency management concepts to FBCO leaders, many of whom will have had no prior experience with emergency management and also seeks to educate emergency managers and first responders about the critical role FBCOs can play in strengthening preparedness. Course video.  This course has been developed to address the following capabilities: 

  • Critical Transportation
  • Housing
  • Infrastructure Systems
  • Mass Care Services
  • Operations Coordination
  • Planning
  • Public and Private Services and Resources
  • Public Information and Warning

Note: All foreign nationals need to complete a Department of Homeland Security Foreign National Visitor Request Form in order to attend this course.

MGT 406 Community Threat Group Identification, Assessment and Information Reporting for Rural Law Enforcement Officers

This 8-hour course takes a comprehensive approach to examining threat groups in rural communities, with a particular focus on the nexus of gangs, hate groups, domestic and international terrorist organizations as they converge for the purposes of criminal enterprise. Through this course, students will learn to Identify the criminal activities of community threat groups (CTG) and networks that impact rural communities across the country; classify domestic and international community threat groups on the basis of institutionalization, sophistication and likelihood for convergence; and, use a Suspicious Activity Report (SAR) to report suspicious activity carried out by CTGs in and around rural communities. Participant Guide. This course has been developed to address the following capabilities:

  • Forensics and Attribution
  • Intelligence and Information Sharing
  • Interdiction and Disruption
  • Operations Coordination
  • Planning
  • Public Information and Warning
  • Screening, Search, and Detection
  • Threat and Hazard Identification

Additional Information

For a complete list of courses and other information regarding the RDPC, please visit www.ruraltraining.org, or email info@ruraltraining.org. To register for online training, go to http://www.ruraltraining.org/training/online.

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