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Nova Southeastern University

WETP Cooperative Agreement Awardee

Principal Investigator / Institution

Kelley Davis
Tel (954) 262-1663, (954) 262-1850
Fax (954) 262-3806
dkelley@nova.edu
Institute for Disaster and Emergency Preparedness
College of Osteopathic Medicine
Nova Southeastern University
3434 S. University Drive
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33328
http://www.nova.edu/idep 

Target Training Populations

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The goal of the Institute for Disaster and Emergency Preparedness in the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Nova Southeastern University is to provide safety and health training to those who work in or with the maritime industry, including law enforcement and off-shore and port workers, who may encounter hazardous materials, including weapons of mass destruction, or who may respond to the cleanup of hazardous waste.


Program Description

The Institute for Disaster and Emergency Preparedness (IDEP) at Nova Southeastern University, under the Hazardous Waster Worker Training Program (HWWTP), is working with the maritime and oil industries and law enforcement representatives in Florida, Louisiana, and Virginia to better prepare workers for hazardous materials/hazardous waste management and disaster preparations. This includes the possibility of ships, ports, and oil platforms or rigs becoming targets for terrorism. IDEP will contract with trainers initially, and then use the train-the-trainer model to engage trainers in each of the affiliated states to assure sustainability. The objectives of the program are: (1) Prepare employees who work on docks, in ports, on oil/gas rigs, oil/gas platforms, workers and supervisors on ships, including cruise ships, and law enforcement personnel to react quickly to hazardous events to prevent danger to themselves and the community. (2) Create a national interdisciplinary center focused on the maritime industry, law enforcement supporting the maritime industry, and oil/gas worker safety related to hazardous materials and hazardous waste and weapons of mass destruction. (3) Foster the development of relationships between those working in the maritime industry and law enforcement in FL, LA, and VA prior to an event to maximize cooperation and response to an event by holding joint training and field exercises. (4) Adapt existing training curricula on health, safety, and environmental issues for the targeted populations that include a review of the National Incident Management System (NIMS), emergency response protocols, hazard communications, personal protective equipment (PPE), and first aid. As the Institute grows and as additional resources become available, the training will be expanded to other port states, including Texas and South Carolina.


Project Duration

  • August 1, 2010 - July 31, 2015 (HWWT)

Grant Numbers

  • U45ES019350 (HWWT)

Other Participating Organizations

  • Broward Sheriff's Office - Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Brady Environmental Compliance - Fort Myers, FL
  • Pacific Atlantic Professional Academy - Cape Charles, VA
  • Shell Oil - Robert, LA
  • Sigma Educational Services - Covington, LA
  • Southeastern Louisiana Area Health Education Center - Hammond, LA
  • University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute - Columbia, MO

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