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In person - TDA301 Transportation Disaster Response - Family Assistance


Developed for commercial transportation officials, representatives of federal agencies, staff of non-governmental relief organizations and emergency managers, this course is instrumental in understanding how any organization involved in the accident response can most effectively support the family assistance efforts.

NTSB Transportation Disaster Assistance specialists, clinicians and other professionals will present a variety of disaster response and family assistance topics. Learn from Safety Board responders who have developed partnership programs to manage disasters.

ID CodeTDA301

Dates,Times and Location

May 10-12, 2022

8:00am – 4:30pm (Day 1 and Day 2)

8:30am – 3pm (Day 3) (Tentative) Course Agenda will be sent a week prior to start date

NTSB Training Center • 45065 Bles Park Drive • Ashburn, Virginia 20147

Tuition and Registration

  • $950 early registration, by April 10, 2022
  • $1,020 late registration, between April 11, 2022 and May 3, 2022

Please review the NTSB Visitor Requirements prior to your visit to the NTSB Training Center. It is your responsibility to read and fully comply with these requirements. Failure to comply will result in you being denied access to the Training Center. Refunds will not be granted to those who do not comply with these requirements. No exceptions!

If you have questions regarding the COVID-19 Requirements, please ema​il Roland Thompson [email protected]


  • We are no longer accepting offline registrations.
  • Payment must be made at time of registration.

Status: OPEN. Applications are now being accepted for both sessions.

In person courses are limited to the first 50 ​​registrants.


  • Legal aspects of family assistance - specifics of legal protections afforded to family members
  • Conducting effective family briefings - communicating with grieving and traumatized families
  • Effective on-scene response - a start to finish look at family assistance operation
  • Successful forensic operations - communicating with families about the forensic response
  • Practical resources for family representatives - developing support skills, and self care

Performance Results

Upon completion of this course the participant will be able to:

  • Improve on-scene coordination and communication
  • Manage limited resources more effectively
  • Define the practical skills for working with grieving family members
  • Apply the skills from the class to conduct an effective family briefing
  • Brief others in their organization about the disaster response process and the role of the NTSB

Who May Attend

  • Commercial transportation industry officials, particularly those that are in a position to set or influence policy, or have a family assistance role during transportation disasters
  • Representatives of federal agencies, particularly those that have a role in transportation disaster response
  • Representatives of non-governmental and/or private agencies that have a legitimate and recognized transportation disaster response role
  • Members of the academic community attending for research purposes (on a space-available basis)

More Information

Contact us at [email protected].