The Guardian Centers are a unique private-sector solution to an emerging and rapidly growing national problem — the lack of appropriate facilities to conduct meaningful, realistic, effective and large scale emergency response exercises involving multiple emergency response organizations, both civilian and military. As a private sector entity, Guardian Centers has the capability to meet any and all client needs and more.
"No other existing venue can provide an environment as realistic and challenging."
To meet the nation’s need, Guardian Centers are designed as fully operational, modern cityscape simulators that allow emergency responders to realistically test their ability to deal with real-world manmade and natural disaster situations. The defining national document for emergency response planning, the National Response Framework (NRF), defines eight scenario sets for which emergency responders must prepare, and 15 specific functional capabilities that they must possess to respond effectively. The Guardian Centers have been designed specifically to provide facilities for training and plan validation exercises that simulate all eight scenarios and test 14 of the 15 functional capabilities defined in the NRF (excluding only Long Term Recovery). Guardian Centers will provide a meaningful exercise environment for every participant in drills large, medium and small, from “boots on the ground” first responders to state governors and federal and civilian emergency response commanders in a functional Emergency Operations Center (EOC).
"America’s Premier Disaster Preparedness Training and Validation Complex"
With construction completed in December 2012 the Perry, GA facility is now ready for client use. When customer requirements are sufficient to support expansion, the company plans to build at least three additional regionally based complexes across the United States. The first location in the southeast ensures that client agencies will have year-round training opportunities, proximity to a major hub airport (Atlanta) and numerous military bases tasked with domestic disaster response. Additional locations will be chosen based on specific client needs as they emerge.