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Preparing rural emergency responders nationwide for all-hazards incidents.

RDPC Emergency Responder Training Courses

The Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium (RDPC), 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 the Center for Rural Development (CRD), the consortium is comprised of academic partners that possess extensive experience and unique capabilities in serving the rural emergency community. 

MGT 401 Planning and Intervention for Security Threat Groups, Hate, and Terrorist Groups in Rural Jails and Prisons

This eight-hour, management-level instructor-led course focuses on rural correctional facilities as unique environments for threat group recruitment and radicalization. The course examines the processes by which recruitment and radicalization occur and proposes methods for strengthening the information gathering and sharing process. Two case studies and a tabletop exercise embedded in the course are designed to emphasize to students the urgency of threat group recruitment in rural jails and prisons, to illustrate the mechanisms by which recruitment and radicalization occur, and to explore the roles of various agencies in gathering and sharing operational information. Unlike other courses that focus entirely on threat group identifiers as a means of preparing corrections personnel for intervention, this course builds knowledge around threat group categories, identifiers and philosophies, and then focus on the convergence of methodologies and the practices, policies, and conditions specific to rural correctional facilities. Additionally, this course relays the elements of deterrence, intervention, and information gathering and sharing as they pertain to the task parameters of rural corrections personnel.

Prerequisite

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

Course Request

Submit a course request form to request a delivery in your 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

Prerequisite

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

Course Request

Submit a course request form to request a delivery in your community.

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.

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

Prerequisite

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

Additional Information

For a complete list of courses and other information regarding the RDPC, please visit www.ruraltraining.org, or email info@ruraltraining.org

 
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