Listed below are the training courses we currently offer upon request. Our instructors are qualified disaster management professionals with a diverse set of educational and practical backgrounds. We are open to offering our services to any group or organization looking to expand their disaster knowledge. Many of these training courses can be taught virtually if needed. Please note, there may be some costs associated with certain training courses.

If you don’t see what you are looking for, feel free to reach out, we are always developing new courses and can create a custom plan to fit your needs. In addition, you can review our consulting page to see services IDM can provide for your organization.

UGA-affiliated personnel looking for individual training can also reach out to UGA’s Office of Emergency Preparedness (OEP) for additional opportunities. IDM works closely with OEP to provide comprehensive training for UGA and the surrounding community.

Basic Disaster Life Support (BDLS)

BDLS v. 3.0 is an eight-hour, competency based, awareness-level course that introduces concepts and principles to prepare health professionals for the management of injuries and illness caused by disasters and public health emergencies. The primary focus of the BDLS course is to apply the principles and concepts of mass-casualty management and population-based care to natural disasters, traumatic and explosive events, nuclear and radiologic events and biological and chemical events. The course addresses the role of health professionals in the incident management system, the physical and psychosocial implications of disaster events and the special needs of underserved and vulnerable populations.

Core Disaster Life Support (CDLS)

The Core Disaster Life Support® (CDLS) course is a 3.5 hour competency-based, awareness-level course that introduces clinical and public health concepts and principles for the management of disasters and public health emergencies. The course incorporates the “all-hazards” approach to personal, institutional, and community disaster management through the use of two unique mnemonics, the PRE-DISASTER Paradigm™ (which applies to event mitigation and preparedness) and the DISASTER Paradigm™ (which applies to event recognition, response, and recovery).

Homeland Security Exercise & Evaluation Program (HSEEP)

The HSEEP Training Course is an intermediate-level course that incorporates exercise guidance and best practices from the HSEEP Volumes. Participants will learn about topics including exercise management, design and development, conduct, evaluation, and improvement planning.

Stop the Bleed

The STOP THE BLEED® Course is a class created by the American College of Surgeons and taught around the country by qualified instructors, usually at no cost. This in-person, hands-on class teaches the basics of identifying and treating life-threatening bleeding using tourniquets, wound packing and pressure dressings. It teaches what “immediate responders,” i.e., bystanders can do to stop potentially fatal bleeding before emergency responders can arrive.


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