FEMA rewards National Center for Disaster Preparedness (NCDP) with two new training programs
Columbia University’s Climate School’s National Center for Disaster Preparedness (NCDP) received $ 2 million in funding from the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to develop two new training programs: 1) Mass Care â Community Sheltering and Relocation Assistance and 2) Pandemic Preparedness and Response. These training programs, which will be delivered across the United States, will each be conducted over a 3-year period. The programs will build on $ 8.25 million in funding already provided by FEMA for the development and dissemination of NCDP course content on disaster recovery and housing.
The COVID-19 pandemic, which resulted in the first-ever major Stafford Act disaster declaration in the United States in all 50 states, five territories and the District of Columbia, has had a dramatic impact on standard operating procedures for evacuations, shelters and temporary accommodation. The mass care issues documented in the 2020 National Preparedness Report have only been exacerbated by this pandemic, especially as its continued impact coincides with other large-scale disasters in which sheltering and community resettlement were necessary. For example, Hurricane Ida recently uprooted thousands of people at a time when Delta variant COVID-19 infections are skyrocketing in Louisiana. This has raised new challenges for housing socially vulnerable disaster evacuees, including children, the elderly and people with special needs in collective shelters during a major pandemic. Other common disaster accommodation tasks, such as establishing memoranda of understanding, contracts and information-sharing agreements to administer a specific shelter or provide full services, have also been given special attention. limited attention. In addition, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), such as faith-based organizations, which traditionally provide mass care and emergency disaster relief to the most vulnerable in society, have often had to reduce their capacities during the pandemic. COVID-19 in accordance with the requirements of their internal policies and in cooperation with those responsible for emergency management. People evacuated from shelters are also among the poorest in society and the least likely to be vaccinated, according to a March 2021 study that looked at COVID vaccination rates.
While extremely important, a recent needs assessment by the NCDP notes that the aforementioned mass-care gaps have rarely been included in training efforts provided by federal, state, local, tribal and territorial governments. United States. To address these issues, NCDP will develop a training program that includes coordination planning, communication and capacity building approaches for community housing and resettlement assistance, based on important research. recent peer-reviewed. This program will build on the 2017, 2018 and 2019 awards with a continued focus on training solutions. All NCDP courses note that American communities face challenges across the entire spectrum of housing and housing – from short-term community housing and relocation assistance to long-term housing. – and solutions based on research and best practices must be transmitted to state, local, tribal, and territorial leadership and management (SLTT), emergency management agencies and offices, government councils and community and private organizations involved in planning for mass and pandemic care.
As noted by Thomas Chandler, Ph.D., director of the FEMA training program at the National Center for Disaster Preparedness, âRegrouping shelter during a major disaster, such as a hurricane, in combination with an ongoing pandemic, can lead to a number of previously unforeseen challenges in terms of setting up and managing disaster shelters, as well as the eventual relocation of disaster survivors to permanent housing. This training program will highlight best practices and lessons learned for pandemic planning in mass care settings, with a focus on the needs of the most vulnerable in society.
If you would like to register for one of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness-sponsored free online or instructor-led training courses sponsored by FEMA, go to https://www.ncdpcourses.org/.
FEMA’s National Training and Education Division (NTED) offers a comprehensive catalog of free courses to help develop essential preparation skills. For more information visit www.firstrespondertraining.gov for a full list of NTED courses.