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Emergency Response Trainings

Welcome to the Center for Community Preparedness Training page. We are excited to offer trainings on a wide variety of topics both online and in the DHH EOC. Sessions are available to all who are interested, including DHH employees, medical and non-medical volunteers, community partners and stakeholders. Our trainings calendar contains links to our online courses, as well as course descriptions with dates of trainings.

A registration form is available for all courses. Registration forms are due 10 business days prior to sessions and one for each session is required. Once the form has been received by the CCP Planning Section, a confirmation e-mail will be sent to the registrant. For questions about the process or course content, please contact Jeff Davis at 225-354-3522, or by e-mail:

FEMA Courses

As DHH is the Emergency Support Function (ESF) #8 Public Health and Medical Services lead in Louisiana, the department is responsible for activities such as medical special needs shelters (MSNS) and ensuring clean drinking water and food safety after an emergency event. To be certain that we have a workforce that is prepared for all-hazards emergencies, the Center for Community Preparedness recommends the following FEMA courses to all DHH personnel:

IS 100.b Introduction to Incident Command System
ICS 100, Introduction to the Incident Command System, introduces the Incident Command System (ICS) and provides the foundation for higher level ICS training. This course describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Command System. It also explains the relationship between ICS and the National Incident Management System (NIMS).

IS 200.b ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
ICS 200 is designed to enable personnel to operate efficiently during an incident or event within the incident Command System (ICS). ICS-200 provides training on and resources for personnel who are likely to assume a supervisory position within the ICS.

IS 700.a NIMS, An Introduction
This course introduces and overviews the National Incident Management System (NIMS). NIMS provides a consistent nationwide template to enable all government, private-sector, and nongovernmental organizations to work together during domestic incidents

IS 800.b National Response Framework, An Introduction
The course introduces participants to the concepts and principles of the National Response Framework.

IS 808 Emergency Support Function (ESF) #8 - Public Health and Medical Services
The National Response Framework (NRF) presents the guiding principles that enable all response partners to prepare for and provide a unified national response to disasters and emergencies - from the smallest incident to the largest catastrophe. As part of the NRF, Emergency Support Functions (ESFs) are primary mechanisms at the operational level used to organize and provide assistance. This course provides an introduction to Emergency Support Function (ESF) #8 - Public Health and Medical Services.

Registration for ICS 300 & 400, HSEEP, and all trainings in the DHH EOC are handled by the Center for Community Preparedness Planning Section.

Category A Biologicals
This training provides an overview of biological agents classified as "Category A" by the Centers for Disease Control. Agents in this category are of particular concern for their potential to be used as biological weapons. The training includes agent descriptions, disease symptomology, public health preparedness and response measures, and historical perspectives on the use of each agent as a biological weapon. See course presentation.

Training Materials