Transportation Disaster Response - Family Assistance (TDA301)


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 Code: TDA301

Dates, Tuition, Times and Registration

October 5-7, 2021

$1,215 early registration, by September 5, 2021

$1,295 late registration, between September 6 and September 28, 2021

Note: payment must be made at the time of registration.

Times: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm (Tentative) Course Agenda will be sent a week prior to start date

Status: OPEN. Applications are now being accepted.

Apply to Attend: Register for the October 2021 course ​

The course is limited to the first 50 registrations.


  • 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 or call (571) 223-3900