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Compendium of Federal Terrorism Training for State and Local Audiences

NCJ Number
Date Published
November 2003
376 pages
In response to requests by local officials and responders for a single source of information on training available for them to enhance their knowledge and skills in responding effectively to terrorism acts, this compendium constitutes a searchable on-line database of Federal terrorism training information.
The training programs described are for State and local audiences, and are provided by various Federal agencies. Eleven training courses sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense cover such topics as the response to chemical and biological casualties, the medical effects of ionizing radiation, preparing for and managing the consequences of terrorism, and an overview of weapons of mass destruction. Forty-seven training programs are sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. These courses pertain to emergency management for hazard materials attacks, notably radiological terrorist attacks. The response to and the management of such incidents are addressed in the training courses. Sixty-two training courses are offered by the Department of Homeland Security, Border and Transportation Security, Office for Domestic Preparedness. These courses cover all phases of preparation for and response to a terrorist attack that involves weapons of mass destruction. Numerous other training events are provided under the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program; the Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, Emergency Management Institute; the Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, National Fire Academy; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Department of Transportation; and the Environmental Protection Agency. For each training program, information is provided on course objectives, teaching methods, function/area, prerequisites, course length, location, cost, contact information, and Web site address. Appended links to the Web sites of all the agencies represented in the compendium