McKINNEY (Aug. 21, 2014) — Earlier this month, representatives from McKinney ISD completed a training program offered by the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) in Anniston, Ala.

Greg Hill, McKinney ISD Director of Safety, Security and Transportation; Julie Blankenship, MISD Director of Health Services; and Karin Klemm, Health and P.E. Coordinator for MISD, took part in training alongside first responders from the City of McKinney Office of Emergency Management – Karen Adkins & Randall Gurney; Fire Department – Tim Mock, Jason Hockett, Chris Lowry and Randi Wiggins; Police Department – Jody Morse, David Rodriguez; and Water, Utilities and Infrastructure Department – Christian Fredriksen.

The CDP is operated by the United States Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

“The FEMA training at the Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Alabama was excellent,” said Hill. “It offered an opportunity for emergency responders from McKinney ISD and the City of McKinney to practice working together in an emergency situation to help us be prepared if an actual emergency occurred and to refine procedures and response plans that we already have in place.”

The CDP develops and delivers advanced training for emergency response providers, emergency managers and other government officials from state, local and tribal governments and offers more than 40 training courses focusing on various emergency scenarios. The program is federally funded at no cost to emergency response professionals or their agencies.

Resident training at the CDP includes healthcare and public health courses at the Noble Training Facility, the nation’s only hospital dedicated to training healthcare professionals in disaster preparedness and response.

Information about CDP training programs can be found at For more information about the CDP, contact the CDP External Affairs Office at 256-847-2212 (or 2316) or e-mail

Source: Center for Domestic Preparedness.

For additional information on McKinney ISD, contact Shane Mauldin, MISD Communications Coordinator, at 469-302-4007 or


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One of the fastest growing school districts in Texas, the McKinney Independent School District currently enrolls more than 24,750 students in 20 elementary schools, five middle schools, three high schools, four alternative schools and one early childhood education school. The mission of McKinney ISD, the champion for progressive learning throughout the diverse McKinney community, is to inspire and equip all students to explore, develop and express their unique potential as innovators, critical thinkers and collaborators through challenging, engaging and diverse learning experiences in vital partnership with the community. Visit the district's website at