Lancaster, Ohio PIOs Attend Training at CDP Through FEMA

Released on: February 22, 2008, 6:50 am

Press Release Author: Donna Stalter/Fairfield Medical Center

Industry: Healthcare

Press Release Summary: Fairfield Medical Center PIO, Donna Stalter and Fairfield
Department of Health PIO, Pamela Delay attended training through FEMA at the CDP in
Anniston, Alabama.

Press Release Body: Fairfield Medical Center Public Information Officer Donna
Stalter, and Fairfield Department of Health Public Information Officer, Pamela
Delay, recently completed Homeland Security training at the Center for Domestic
Preparedness (CDP). Located in Anniston, Alabama, the CDP is operated by the United
States Department of Homeland Security\'s Federal Emergency Management Agency and is
the only federally chartered Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) training facility in
the nation.

The training that Donna and Pam received was a modified version of the Emergency
Management Institute's popular Advanced Public Information Officer course geared
toward meeting the needs of a health-related emergency. It was targeted to public
information officers from state and local health departments, hospitals, emergency
management agencies, and other public health related services.

Donna Stalter is a Fairfield Medical Center public relations specialist and
coordinates various outreach and promotional efforts aimed at building
relationships, communication, and business between Fairfield Medical Center and the
community as a whole. This training enabled her to gain insight and experience to be
better prepared for communicating more effectively in any emergency situation that
might occur in our community. Donna noted, "This class will assist in my efforts to
keep our community informed and updated in the event of a crisis pertaining to the

Pamela Delay, Public Information Officer for the Fairfield Department of Health,
added, "Because this was an advanced course, students applied their knowledge and
skills to a simulated emergency situation. It was very helpful to me to work through
an actual emergency experience within the framework of a Joint Information System,
and will help us as a health department and within our county to be better prepared
in the event of an emergency."

Pamela and Donna are both public information officers within the county Joint
Information Center (JIC), which includes communications representatives from
agencies and organizations in our community who work together to deliver information
in the event of a county-wide emergency. The goal is to provide public information
on a larger scale than could be effectively managed by a single agency during an

The training was provided to the students at no charge to their local county or
agency. The CDP provides federally-funded, interdisciplinary training for emergency
responders from across the United States and U.S. territories, for ten responder
disciplines: Emergency Management, Emergency Medical Service, Fire Services,
Government Administrative, Hazardous Materials, Healthcare, Law Enforcement, Public
Health, Public Safety Communications, and Public Works. Healthcare and Public Health
training is conducted at the CDP\'s Noble Training Facility, the nation\'s only
hospital facility dedicated to training hospital and healthcare professionals in
disaster preparedness and response. Many training courses culminate at the CDP\'s
Chemical, Ordnance, Biological, and Radiological Training Facility, the nation\'s
only facility featuring civilian training exercises in a true toxic environment,
using chemical agents. The advanced hands-on training enables responders to
effectively prevent, respond to, and recover from real-world incidents involving
acts of terrorism and other hazardous materials. Responders attending CDP training
are specially selected from the nation\'s 11 million emergency responders. Training
at the CDP ensures that responders gain critical skills and confidence to be better
prepared to effectively respond to local incidents or potential WMD incidents.

Additional information about CDP training programs can be found at For more information or for photograph requests, contact Kathy
Wood, CDP Communications Director at 256-847-2316 or

Web Site:

Contact Details: 401 North Ewing Street, Lancaster, Ohio 43130
(740) 687-8108 phone, (740) 687-8975 fax,

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