NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs

NTSB Offers "Transportation Disaster Response: Family Assistance" Course

August 27

The National Transportation Safety Board is offering its biannual “Transportation Disaster Response: Family Assistance” course on October 8-10, 2013, at the NTSB training center in Ashburn, Virginia.

Developed for commercial transportation officials, representatives of federal agencies, staff of non-governmental relief organizations and emergency managers, the course examines the core principles for managing an effective family assistance response following a major transportation accident. U.S. law requires domestic and international air carriers to have emergency family assistance plans in place in order to operate within the United States. This course provides the foundation for an effective family assistance response.

Highlights of the course include on-scene coordination and communication, family assistance operations, identifying practical skills for working and communicating with grieving family members, the legal aspects of family assistance, successful forensic operations and communicating with families about the forensic response, as well as practical resources for family representatives. This curriculum is instrumental in understanding how organizations involved in the accident response can most effectively support the family assistance efforts.

A full course description and registration instructions are available at: http://www.ntsb.gov/trainingcenter/CourseInfo/2013-Courses/TDA301_2013.html
Information about the NTSB Training Center, course registration information and a complete listing of all public courses offered is available at http://go.usa.gov/gfEA.

NTSB Training Center: 571-223-3900

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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent federal agency charged with determining the probable cause
of transportation accidents, promoting transportation safety, and assisting victims of transportation accidents and their families.