CHHS Partners with U.S. State Department to Train Foreign Nations in Crisis Management

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The University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS) has been awarded a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of State to conduct multiple crisis management seminars for foreign nations looking to bolster their mitigation, planning, response, and recovery efforts.

CHHS will hold the Senior Crisis Management seminars on behalf of the Office of Anti-Terrorism Assistance (ATA) within the U.S. Department of State. For decades, the ATA has helped key nations abroad learn how to better combat terrorism and strengthen national security through programs that engage foreign leaders in the public safety, law enforcement, government, and civilian security fields. In this new partnership, CHHS will leverage its extensive knowledge of crisis management to further the established success of the ATA.

“This opportunity will allow us provide best practices in crisis management to countries from all over the world,” said CHHS Exercise Program Manager Christina Crue, who is leading the CHHS team working on this project.

The seminars will focus on critical aspects of emergency management, highlighting key components like mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. CHHS is already planning to train officials from Jordan, which requested guidance based on its perceived threats and vulnerabilities. More countries will be added down the road.

Though most nations are expected to travel to the D.C.-area for training, a contingent of CHHS experts has been invited to visit Jordan in March to conduct a five-day seminar and a realistic exercise that will test Jordan’s national 911 center and its National Center for Security and Crisis Management. Top Jordanian officials are expected to attend the training.

“We’re looking forward to working with officials from Jordan to test their capabilities in response to a complex disaster,” said Crue. “Being able to observe the way another country responds to disasters first hand provides a behind the scenes look at response that you can’t get from a traditional, discussion-based format.”

CHHS is honored to extend its experience across international borders for the first time in its nine-year history and forge a new relationship with the esteemed group of experts at the ATA.

About the ATA
The Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program fosters cooperation between U.S. law enforcement officers and those of our partner nations engaged in anti-terrorism efforts. ATA provides advanced counterterrorism training and equipment grants to maintain and increase our partners’ capabilities to find and arrest terrorists. The ATA program also advances U.S. foreign policy goals by strengthening bilateral relationships.

About CHHS
The University of Maryland Center for Health & Homeland Security is a non-profit consulting group and academic center committed to developing plans, policies, and strategies for government, corporate, and institutional clients to ensure the safety of citizens in the event of natural or man-made catastrophes.

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