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Disaster Management Institute

Today’s environment requires first responders, military personnel, and corporate emergency managers to plan and prepare for a wider, more complex array of potential threats. Multi-faceted and evolving threats demand strong strategic planning and continuous updates. The Community College of Aurora’s Disaster Management Institute provides objective-driven exercises, drills, tabletops, and skills competency verification supportive for a wide array of emergency situations.

The Disaster Management Institute offers hands-on reality-based training to reinforce mission-essential plans and tactics and to aid and identify weaknesses, as well as unique training space to address a variety of planning, immersive learning and realistic skill practice needs.

Consulting/Training Expertise

  • Objective-driven exercise development, emphasizing immersive, reality-based, experiential learning compliant with Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) standards 
  • Technical expertise supporting all levels of training but not limited to defensive tactics, field emergency care, and WMD CBRNE 
  • Continuity of Operations Plan development, review and consultation

Simulation Equipment

  • Human patient simulators 
  • Manikins with multiple moulage and clothing support options 
  • Simulated bombs and explosive devices in a variety of format and deployment scenarios

Training Space

Emergency Operations Center: includes computers, large-scale projection screens, touch table and mapping technology to mirror an advanced EOC set-up

Katrina Building: an unoccupied, furnished three-story, 400-room, simunitions-friendly building for room clearing, exercise external courtyard access and related drills, including: 

The ability to replicate any simulated environment 

Stairwells, hallways and individual lodging- type rooms 

Lower level lobby, large dining room and industrial kitchen 

Pre-set simulation sets including tornado- impacted building space, hoarder room, chemical and biological terror scenarios and more

Simulation Studios: three major simulation training environments with preset

scenarios including: 

Bar scene with single entrance/exit and balcony area 

Street scene with simulated environmental controls, confined space drill area and ambulance 

House scene with multiple rooms and ambulance

All indoor training spaces are supported with full, remote live feed and recording capabilities to facilitate training feedback and evaluation

Grounds/Outdoor Spaces: primary training buildings are surrounded by open grounds, parking lots and lightly traveled, non-primary roads to create outdoor training scenes and to support helicopters, burning cars, simulated truck bombs and related scenarios

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