Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium

The Nation’s rural emergency responders face unique challenges when compared to their urban counterparts.  Recognizing the need for consistent, quality training that addresses those challenges, Congress and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security established the Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium (RDPC) to fill the training needs and requirement gaps faced by rural communities. 

Led by Eastern Kentucky University, the RDPC is comprised of academic partners with expertise in developing and delivering homeland security curriculum for rural first responders.

·         East Tennessee State University

·         Eastern Kentucky University

·         Iowa Central Community College

·         North Carolina Central University

·         NorthWest Arkansas Community College

·         The University of California, Davis

·         The University of Findlay

Additionally, to ensure the RDPC activities are validated by the stakeholders it serves, an advisory board of practitioners serving in rural areas across the Nation provides guidance and recommendations to the program.

For more information on RDPC, to request a course, or find training in your area, please visit: