BID Offers Free Emergency Preparedness Trainings


The DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID) is partnering with several organizations to provide a series of free trainings for DowntownDC property managers, staff, safety and security personnel, tenants and residents as part of an ongoing commitment to expand emergency preparedness efforts.

See below for a comprehensive schedule of trainings to be offered, with corresponding dates and descriptions of each session.

Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings – January 30, 2019

This free, four-hour training will discuss trends in improvised explosive devices (IEDs), how to identify IEDs and suspicious packages and how to safely and effectively prevent and respond to potential bombing incidents. Training content includes:

  • Current threats and trends of terrorism
  • Actions that may prevent or deter bombing attacks
  • How to identify suspicious packages and IEDs
  • How to respond to minimize the impact of an IED to life, safety, and property
  • How to coordinate with local and federal first responders

Pre-registration is required by January 25. Register here.

*CPR/First Aid/AED – February 14, 2019

Upon completion of this class, participants will be able to recognize and respond appropriately to cardiac, breathing and first aid emergencies and will be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills needed to give immediate care to an injured or ill person and to decide whether advanced medical care is needed. All First Aid/CPR/AED certifications offered are valid for 2 years from the date of course completion and is administered under guidelines from the American Red Cross.

*RSVP here for the Feb. 14 training session using the password “DowntownBID”

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) – March 13-14, 2019, September 18-19, 2019

The CERT volunteer program trains citizens to be better prepared to respond to emergencies in their communities. When emergencies happen, CERT members can provide critical support to first responders, immediate assistance to victims and can help organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. CERT members can also help with non-emergency projects that help improve the community safety. Training content includes:

  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Fire Safety
  • Medical Operations and First Aid
  • Search and Rescue
  • Disaster Psychology
  • Terrorism

CERT certifications are valid for two years from the date of course completion.

Bomb Threat Management (BTM) – April 18, 2019

While bomb threats are rare, every organization should have a bomb threat management plan in place before they encounter a bomb threat situation. This course will introduce our BID partners to the risk management process and the development of a BTM plan. Upon completing this course, our BID partners will be able to develop a Bomb Threat Response Plan, provide Bomb Threat Response Training to all personnel, and conduct a threat assessment.

Continuity of Operation Planning (COOP) – June 20, 2019

Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP) is a base course that provides state, local and tribal officials with information and materials to develop and implement COOP plans in their jurisdictions. Students will learn how to write an effective plan supporting the National Response Framework (NRF) and ensure that essential government functions, programs, services, systems and personnel continue to operate during and after a natural disaster or terrorist attack.

Emergency Response Plan – July 18, 2019

This training will provide the actions that should be taken in the initial minutes of an emergency. These actions are critical in warning others if they will need to evacuate, shelter or lockdown, which can ultimately save lives. A call for help to public emergency services that provides full and accurate information will help the dispatcher send the right responders and equipment. An employee trained to administer first aid or perform CPR can be lifesaving. Action by employees with knowledge of building and process systems can help control a leak and minimize damage to the facility and the environment. Upon completing this course, our BID partners will be able to identify and assess risk and determine the best course of action to take during an emergency.

Active Shooter Response Training – August 15, 2019, (January 17, 2019 – completed)

This training is designed to provide practical tools and strategies to prepare you to respond to any situation where an active shooter is present. It helps to educate telecommunicators about the many intricate issues and challenges posed by active shooter incidents and  their response, and the role the telecommunicator plays in each.

Work Place Security Awareness – October 17, 2019

In a world of ever-increasing risk, no workplace — be it a construction site, office building, factory floor, or retail store — is immune from threats. Risks threaten worker safety, employee morale and your company’s economic livelihood. Some threats are intentional acts, such as sabotage and violence. This course provides guidance to individuals and organizations on how to improve security in the workplace. Upon completion, our BID partners will be able to discuss ways to reduce event exposure and describe specific things that everyone can do to contribute.

For more information on these trainings or emergency preparedness please contact Safety and Emergency Preparedness Manager David M. Pollard II at