NEW PRAGUE, Minn. — Six team members, including Stacy Huber, Nursing; Brandi Johnson, Nursing Support Services; Bill Stocker, Facilities; Heather Tietz, Community Relations; Mary Rynda , Administration; and Larissa Wagner, Nursing, from Mayo Clinic Health System in New Prague recently completed training offered by the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), 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 was a powerful experience,” says Tietz, community relations officer with Mayo Clinic Health System in New Prague. “It’s as close to a real world major disaster scenario that we could ever be in.”
The CDP develops and delivers advanced training for emergency response providers, emergency managers, healthcare leaders, and other government officials from state, local and tribal governments. The CDP offers more than 40 training courses focusing on incident management, mass casualty response and emergency response to any catastrophic disaster or terrorist act. Training at the CDP campus is federally funded at no cost to hospitals, state, local and tribal emergency response professionals or their agency.
“Over the past few years, we’ve had 16 physicians and staff from Mayo Clinic Health System in New Prague attend one or more of these classes,” says Mary Klimp, administrator for Mayo Clinic Health System in New Prague. “Having this training is critical to better preparing our community should a situation of this nature ever occur.”
For more information about the CDP training programs, visit cdp.dhs.gov. # # # Mayo Clinic Health System consists of clinics, hospitals and other facilities that serve the health care needs of people in more than 60 communities in Georgia, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The community-based providers, paired with the resources and expertise of Mayo Clinic, enable patients in the region to receive the highest-quality health care close to home.
Press ContactMicah Dorfner