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The National Disaster Life Support Foundation, Inc. (NDLSF) oversees the National Disaster Life Support (NDLS) courses, a series of educational programs to better prepare health care professionals and emergency response personnel for mass casualty events. The NDLS courses are comprehensive, all-hazards, competency-based, standardized, and multi-disciplinary. These courses assist health professionals respond to mass casualty events regardless the cause.

The NDLS courses were developed by four academic centers: Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University, University of Georgia, University of Texas Southwestern, and University of Texas - Houston, School of Public Health. The NDLSF provides administration and oversight of the NDLS courses, offered at more than one hundred NDLS training centers globally. The NDLSF is a non-profit, tax exempt, 501(c)3 organization located in Augusta, GA.

News and Events

NDLSF Participating Partner in TELL ME TELLME 2

The National Disaster Life Support Foundation (NDLSF) is pleased to report that it has been a participating partner in a European Union Grant entitled "Transparent communication in Epidemics: Learning Lessons from experience, delivering effective Messages, providing Evidence (TELL ME)”.  The grant supported the efforts of 12 organizations located in 7 countries.  The aim of the project is to provide evidence and to develop models for improved risk communication during infectious disease crises.  TELL ME combines public health, social sciences, behavioral sciences, political sciences, law, ethics, communication and media, in order to develop original communication strategies regarding complicated messages and advice based on uncertainties, also addressing vaccine-resistant groups.  For more information about this project please visit the TELL ME web-site at http://tellmeproject.eu.


SchwartzNDLSF Elects New 2015 Chairman to Board of Directors

The National Disaster Life Support Foundation is please to announce Dr. Richard Schwartz was elected Chairman of the NDLSF Board of Directors.  Dr. Schwartz replaces Dr. Phillip Coule who did not seek re-election as chairman. Dr. Schwartz is one of the founders of the National Disaster Life Support programs and is the author and co-author of a number of publications and textbooks on disaster and tactical medicine. The Foundation would also like to announce the Dr. Raymond (Ray) Swienton was re-elected to the position of Vice Chairman.   


NDLSF Welcomes VCOM as our newest training center

The National Disaster Life Support Foundation would like to extend a warm welcome to our newest Basic training center. The center is located at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) in Spartanburg, SC. and will function under the leadership of Dr. Darlene Myles as the program medical director.  She will be assisted by April Rhoden who will serve as course coordinator for VCOM.  Please join us as we welcome VCOM to our growing family of NDLS traning centers.

Link to Training Center Information


Latest Ebola Information

The NDLSF encourages all healthcare providers and first responders to remain vigilant and stay current with the update on the emerging threat of Ebola in the United States.  For the latest information on treatment and response protocols please click on the links below.  

Get the latest CDC information on Ebola here!

Get the latest WHO information in Ebola here!

CDC Releases new guidance on PPE for healthcare workers caring for Ebola patients

Security Notice

Recently the National Disaster Life Support Foundation conducted research into adding electronic textbooks as an option for students taking the CDLS, BDLS and the ADLS course. During our research we discovered the website http://sciencebookpdf.com advertising the 3.0 versions of each of the above textbooks as a free digital download or to read the textbook online through a browser through a series of affiliates. These companies are in violation of copyright laws and may be guilty of intellectual property theft. The Foundation is currently taking action to prevent further electronic distribution of our textbooks by these companies. Also, the NDLSF cannot guarantee that downloaded digital material is free from viruses, Trojans or other malware and will not be responsible for any damages caused by such downloads.

To read the full text of the security notice issued by the National Disaster Life Support Foundation click here.



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