Established in 1998 to enhance the capabilities of emergency
responders and local officials to prepare for, respond to, and recover
from catastrophic events resulting from natural events, man-made
accidents, or terrorist attacks.
Congressionally mandated and partially
funded by the U.S. Congress, NERRTC was a founding member of the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC).
Since its inception, NERRTC has provided local, state, tribal and
territorial jurisdictions with high-quality, hands-on, scenario-driven
leadership training, exercises, and technical assistance.
NERRTC assists and plays a major role in DHS/FEMA's establishing and
maintaining the concept of culture of preparedness and has sharpened
its focus on that concept by incorporating an all-of-nation / whole
community, risk-driven, capabilities-based approach to preparedness.
NERRTC provides training in ten core competency areas across the
community: cybersecurity, crisis communications, executive and elected
officials education, hazardous materials awareness and operations,
health and medical services, incident management, infrastructure
protection, search and rescue, threat and risk assessment, and training
NERRTC clients and customers include state and federal agencies,
municipal and county governments, private industries, public school
systems and university campuses, law enforcement agencies, emergency
medical services, fire departments, public works departments, utility
companies, and public health agencies. Since 1998, NERRTC has provided
training for more than 450,000 responders in over 10,000 jurisdictions
in all 50 states, U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia.