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Who is the RDPC?

This video gives a brief overview of the Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium (RDPC) and shows how we have worked with our members to train more than 85,000 first responders since 2005.

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Training for First Responders

The Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium, led by The Center for Rural Development, is a DHS funded program providing training and resources to rural first responders. RDPC courses are offered both in-person and online, and are provided at no cost. More information about the RDPC can be found in the overview.

I would highly recommend RDPC classes to everyone. As a rural electric cooperative/provider, it is very important that we be ready and able to handle all types of events when working so closely with responders. It is always better to be prepared, and I can’t think of a better way than by attending RDPC classes.
Joy Bullock
Corporate Communications Coordinator
South Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation

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Who is the RDPC?

This video gives a brief overview of the Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium (RDPC) and shows how we have worked with our members to train more than 85,000 first responders since 2005. Read more »

RDPC attended the 2018 National Preparedness Symposium

The Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium (RDPC) staff attended the 2018 National Preparedness Symposium, held May 21-24, 2018, at the Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Read more »

Featured Resources

2017 Annual Performance Report

This report outlines the performance results of RDPC's Instructor-Led Training (ILT) and Web-Based Courses for deliveries that occurred during the ...

Training to Action

"Training to Action" details the real-world application of RDPC training by students during emergency situations. These examples demonstrate that the ...

Event Security Planning Tool

The Event Security Planning (ESP) Tool, a job aid provided for participants of MGT 335: Event Security Planning for Public ...