The Institute for Disaster and Emergency Preparedness is a regional and national resource center focused on interdisciplinary training, information dissemination, and technical assistance related to all-hazards preparedness in a global society.
We work closely with state and national agencies to develop and distribute its educational programs and services. It began as taskforce shortly after 9/11, becoming a center in 2002. IDEP is the recent recipient of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) grants from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) to develop and implement interdisciplinary bioterrorism and all-hazards preparedness curriculum for health professional students as well as continuing education for 37,000 health care professionals and health care workers in South Florida.
For the latter, Nova Southeastern University is partnering with neighboring Broward College to provide all-hazards training to health care professionals and health care workers who require two years or less to earn their degrees or certificates.
Bioterrorism and all-hazards training for nurses in the state's public and private schools is supported through a contract from the Florida Department of Health.
- National Incident Management System (NIMS) compliant interdisciplinary all-hazards training at the standardized awareness, intermediate, advanced, and executive levels for health service workers, providers, staff, and volunteers.
- Awareness training on the needs of vulnerable and hard-to-reach populations (e.g., the elderly, children, pregnant women, persons with mental and physical disabilities, the homeless, tourists/visitors, migrant workers).
- Appropriate training in English and Spanish utilizing multiple instructional delivery methods.