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Providence Leaders Complete Homeland Security Training

Medical center prepared for community-wide emergencies

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Sept. 30, 2009

ANCHORAGE, AK - Two Providence Alaska Medical Center leaders recently completed Homeland Security training at the Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Ala.

Victoria L. Faciane, director of safety and emergency preparedness, and Kelley Foreman, manager of epidemiological services, completed the training to support the medical center's emergency preparedness plan. The plan directs how the medical center responds in cases of community-wide emergencies, such as natural disasters or pandemics.

The Center for Domestic Preparedness is operated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency and is the only federally chartered weapons of mass destruction training facility in the nation. The center provides federally funded, interdisciplinary training for emergency responders from across the United States and U.S. territories in various disciplines, including health care and public health.

This health-care-specific training was conducted at the center's Noble Training Facility, the nation's only hospital facility dedicated to training hospital and health care professionals in disaster preparedness and response.

Emergency responders attending training at the Center for Domestic Preparedness are selected from the nation's 11 million emergency responders. This training ensures that responders gain critical skills and confidence to be better prepared to effectively respond to local incidents or potential weapons of mass destruction events.

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Providence Alaska Medical Center is part of Providence Health & Services, a not-for-profit network of hospitals, care centers, health plans, physicians, clinics, home health services, affiliated services and educational facilities. For more information about PAMC, visit: www.providence.org/alaska<http://www.providence.org/alaska>.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency coordinates the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror. Additional information about Center for Domestic Preparedness training programs can be found at cdp.dhs.gov.

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