Providing government and industry leaders with the tools and resources needed to think and act strategically

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REP Factsheet (pdf)

Leaders from government agencies, national associations and the private sector are at the forefront of our nation’s emergency preparedness mission. In a rapidly changing environment, these leaders need continuous education and professional development to cultivate a more thorough understanding of emerging issues and public policy debates, and the underlying causes of the hazards and threats we face.

Recognizing this, the Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS), in conjunction with the FEMA Technological Hazards Division, developed the Radiological Emergency Preparedness (REP) Executive Education Program to provide government and industry leaders with the tools and resources they need to think and act strategically in this area. The program brings local, state, federal, tribal, territorial and industry partners together to enhance their critical thinking and develop a better understanding of the complexity of their mission.

CHDS delivers two REP Executive Education Program  offerings: In-residence REP Executive Education Program  and field-delivered REP Executive Education Seminars delivered around the country.

Next Offering:

March 5-8, 2019 Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA

In-residence REP Executive Education Courses:

The in-residence program is conducted at the Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) on the campus of the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California over a four-day period. This program is designed to accommodate the busy schedules of participating executives and do not require the workload of traditional graduate-level education programs. Participants must commit to attending the entire session. The in-residence program is fully sponsored for invited participants to include student travel, per diem, and lodging in accordance with federal travel regulations.

Field-delivered REP Executive Education Seminars:

The field-delivered seminars are conducted around the country by CHDS teams comprised of nationally recognized experts from a variety of fields. Seminars are flexible in duration and may range from a few hours to multi-day sessions. Each seminar is designed to enhance preparedness of local, state, federal, tribal and territorial communities and challenge leaders to think about the complexity of a major radiological incident and the public’s response. CHDS teams work with requesting agencies and organizations to customize educational content and format to meet participant needs and objectives. Field delivered seminars are fully funded to include on-site event delivery costs.

In-residence and field-delivered seminars are conducted in a highly interactive setting, including:

  • Professional networking in a multi-jurisdiction, multi-discipline environment;
  • Seminar discussion-driven delivery in which participants are involved in evaluating and addressing critical issues;
  • Discussions centered around strategic and crisis communications as well as changes in the REP program environment and evolving threats; and
  • Activities, case studies, and scenario planning that establishes the predicate for class and small-group discussions.

The REP Executive Education Program is sponsored by the FEMA Technological Hazards Division.



This program is offered by invitation only. If you have been invited to attend, please register here.


Course Materials

Accepted Participants:
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Dawn Wilson
Associate Director, Executive Education Program
(515) 556-4770