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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


Core Founders of NDLS Courses receive Ron J. Anderson Public Service Award

On Saturday, February the 20th, the National Disaster Life Support (NDLS) Foundation and its family of courses were honored at a formal ceremony convened during the national EMS State of the Science Conference when a prestigious national public service award was bestowed upon its founding members.

Specifically, the Ron J Anderson Public Service Award, which is given to those who "have implemented effective systems of care, education and science" in the realm of emergency medical services and disaster response,recognized the core founders of these courses, Paul Pepe, Richard Schwartz, Ray Swienton, Philip Coule, Scott Liilibridge and Cham Dallas, the original team who first formulated the initiative back in 2002.

Those original founders, acting on directives from representatives from the CDC, the office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) at the the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (and others), were based at  the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (Dallas), the Medical College of Georgia (Augusta), the University
of Georgia and the School of Public Health at the University of Texas Sciences Center (Houston). Per federal directives at the time. they served as an academic consortium charged with the development of a "standardized, multi-disciplinary,interoperable, all-hazards" family of courses in the wake of 9/11 and the bioterrorism threats in the Fall of

Later evolving as the the NDLS Foundation (NDLSF) with its NDLS Educational Consortium (NDLSEC) team and corresponding approved training centers (both nationally and globally, the program has now trained more than 120,000 health care providers worldwide and the NDLS family of courses are now officially recognized by professional organizations such as the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) as the"gold standard" for training health professionals in disaster medical response and all-hazards preparedness.

During the announcement of the award, presented by Dr. Jim Augustine, a member of the Board of Directors of ACEP and Dr. Craig Manifold, Chair of the ACEP EMS Committee (doing so on behalf of nearly 1,000 attendees), it was cited that all of the original founders honored still serve in a leadership role for the NDLSF and that their ongoing "labors of love"
have, in great part, allowed this initiative to persevere, not only as the gold standard in public health threat training, but also as an on-going legacy of public service to the nation and others in need across the globe.

NLM Releases New Resources on Recent Public Health Incidents

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) recently developed resource lists for three public health emergencies affecting both local and global communities. An incident web page was created to gather resources on the emerging health issues arising from the Zika Virus. Two PDF documents on recent chemical incidents have been updated. Links to these lists are included below and also can be found on the NLM Disaster Health home page

Zika Virus Health Information Resources

Aliso Canyon/Porter Ranch Gas Leak

Lead in Flint, Michigan Water System


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