NTSB Training Center.


Title Family Assistance Workshop - Meeting the Challenges in a New Era of Disaster Response

The Aviation Disaster Family Assistance Act of 1996 tasked the NTSB with coordinating assistance to families of victims involved in major aviation accidents.  In the ten years since, a new era of family assistance in disaster response has evolved, encompassing applications in other transportation accidents, criminal events, and natural disasters. 

In consideration of the lessons learned in family assistance programs over the last ten years, this workshop will explore current issues in family assistance; the evolution of service delivery to those affected by large-scale disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina and 9/11; and will focus on ideas and strategies on how to most effectively meet emerging challenges.

Feedback from this workshop will be used in the development of a new course to be delivered in summer 2007: Crisis Leadership in Transportation Disaster Response (TDA405).

ID Code TDA701

October 11, 2006  (Wednesday)
The commemoration event previously scheduled for October 10, 2006, will be rescheduled to a later date.


8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Location NTSB Training Center • 45065 Riverside Parkway • Ashburn, Virginia 20147
Registration Fee $350
Register to Attend

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER  Seating is limited.  Early registration is recommended.



Disaster professionals, academic researchers, government officials, mental health professionals and family members from recent transportation accidents will examine topics such as:

  • New developments in family assistance
  • How the family assistance model has been successfully used and modified in recent disasters of all types - transportation, criminal and natural
  • The future - new applications and approaches to emerging challenges

Preliminary Agenda

  • Opening Remarks
  • To Be a Family Member
  • Breakout Sessions: 
         - Support for Family Members: New Concepts
         - Family Assistance/Disaster Planning for Industry and Communities
         - Crisis Communication and Leadership
         - Victim Identification: A Standard of Care
  • Closing Plenary
Target Audience
  • Program managers and others able to set or influence policy in family assistance
  • Members of organizations that have a role in transportation disaster response
  • Officials from the local, state or federal emergency response/medicolegal community
  • Members of the academic community
Accommodations Area hotels and restaurants
Airports Washington Dulles International (IAD): 10 miles
Washington Ronald Reagan National (DCA): 30 miles
Baltimore/Washington International (BWI): 60 miles
More Information E-mail TrainingCenter@ntsb.gov or call (571) 223-3900