Cross Border Collaboration


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 Course Description

This course is provided by South Central Public Health Partnership and will require a secondary login and/or registration.

The challenges of disaster and emergency planning and the coordination of response increase significantly when the event spans state lines, borders of sovereign Tribal nations, and international borders. Challenges associated with cross border response range from technical issues such as the compatibility of communications systems to legal issues such as authority and power of responders to the managerial issues of planning, organizing, and controlling the response. In order to deal with these challenges multi-jurisdictional agreements in the forms of Memorandums of Understanding and Mutual Aid Agreements are often created. While such agreements are essential to developing the details of collaboration, testing the effectiveness in terms of both substance and form through drills and exercises is necessary and offers additional benefits of strengthening relationships and building confidence among cross-border response organizations. NOTE: This course was originally presented as a satellite broadcast.                                                                                                     

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Target Audience

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Learning Objectives

Having completed this course, the learner will be able to:

  1. Identify some of the issues that affect cross-border emergency response collaboration
  2. Identify key elements of Memorandums of Understanding and Mutual Aid Agreements
  3. Discuss incident command as it applies to cross-border incidents and response
  4. Explore the efficacy of drills and exercise in evaluating and improving cross-border emergency response

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 Credit /CEU

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2 hrs.


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