National Disaster Life Support
Years before the terrorist attacks in 2001, several academic centers began to develop disaster education programs to meet a perceived lack of medical disaster preparedness. Since the attacks, demand has increased for a nationally recognized course in “all-hazards” training to better prepare health care professionals, emergency response personnel, and others for mass casualty incidents. While nationally recognized training programs existed for cardiac life support and trauma management, there was no standardized training program for disaster management. To meet this need, a coordinated “all-hazards” training program was developed by this consortium with financial support from a Congressional Appropriation through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The members of this consortium are the Medical College of Georgia, the University of Georgia, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Public Health.
|Board of Directors & Officers|
|The National Disaster Life Support Foundation™ (NDLSF™) is governed by a Board of Directors appointed by the founding organizations. Appointed officers and staff support the Board in the conduct and fulfillment of the NDLSF™ mission. The current members include:|
Partner Organizations (from www.NDLSF.org)
The NDLSEC™ (from www.ndlsf.org)
The National Disaster Life Support Education Consortium™
The National Disaster Life Support Education Consortium™ (NDLSEC™) is an unincorporated association sponsored by the National Disaster Life Support Foundation (NDLSF™). NDLSEC™ is a multidisciplinary consortium tasked to provide the requisite knowledge and expertise for the regular review and critique of the National Disaster Life Support™ (NDLS™) courses. Its goal is to establish nationally recognized, standardized, and multidisciplinary curricula to train health professionals to respond to disasters and other public health emergencies in an effective and coordinated manner using an all-hazards approach.
The NDLSEC™ is comprised of a national coalition of professional organizations, academic centers, medical centers, government partners, and corporations that seek to further refine and re-define the science of medical disaster education and management. The association is responsible for providing program content input and recommendations for the National Disaster Life Support™ (NDLS™) training programs, including Advanced (ADLS™), Basic (BDLS®), Core (CDLS®), and additional courses under development.