Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium (RDPC) offering FREE Department of Homeland Security-certified course

Security is always a major concern when a large group of people come together for an event.  Rural first responders and public officials need to understand the importance and necessity for planning and managing security for scheduled events.

The Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium (RDPC) is providing first responders and others in North Charleston, South Carolina and surrounding cities with the planning and management skills they need to develop strategies and implement security measures for planned events in a FREE Department of Homeland Security (DHS) certified course. MGT 335 Event Security Planning for Public Safety Professionals is a 16-hour, instructor-led course scheduled to be delivered from 8am to 5pm on May 8-9, 2017 at Charleston County Emergency Service, 8500 Palmetto Commerce Parkway, North Charleston, South CarolinaParticipants will gain basic competencies associated with the security concerns and considerations involved with planning events.

This course is designed as a planning/management level course for practitioners in emergency services, public health, local and state government, emergency management, and other agencies or individuals involved in the first response community. The training introduces basic principles and skills associated with planning security for events in small communities and rural areas. It does not, however, provide operational training regarding security at planned events.

Registration is required for this course - Registration deadline is April 17, 2017

Register online at – or contact Brock Clary at or call 843 746-3804.

MGT 335 Event Security Planning for Public Safety, developed by Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, KY, an academic partner and executive agent for RDPC, enables participants to recognize and plan adequate strategies and security measures to prevent or mitigate security incidents related to planned events. This course reinforces the importance and magnitude of security planning required to execute a safe and effective event regardless of size.

It is strongly encouraged that students have a working knowledge of the Incident Command System (ICS) and/or National Incident Management System (NIMS) which can be gained through completion of the Federal Emergency Management System (FEMA) training course, IS 700, or its equivalent.

All training delivered by RDPC is certified by DHS and is offered tuition-free for a broad scope of stakeholders, including the traditional emergency response disciplines and other emergency support functions as defined by the National Response Framework as well as critical infrastructure owners and operators.

RDPC is a U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), National Training and Education Division (NTED) partnership of academic institutions with a vision of creating an environment where rural communities across America will have the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to enhance the safety, security and quality of life for their citizens.

Current members of the Consortium include Eastern Kentucky University, The University of Findlay, NorthWest Arkansas Community College, North Carolina Central University, and University of California-Davis.  Each of these institutions possesses extensive and unique capabilities relating to rural homeland security preparedness training.

The Center for Rural Development (The Center) in Somerset, KY is the Executive Agent for the RDPC.  As Executive Agent, The Center provides grant administration and general oversight of the consortium.   Additionally, The Center is responsible for marketing, website hosting and administration, delivery coordination, data collection and reporting, and additional technologies including a large network of interactive television (ITV), videoconferencing, and learning management systems necessary to manage large student populations and deliver courses to rural responders across the nation.

For more information or to request training - visit  The RDPC help desk is also available at or (877) 855-7372.