Training & Exercise
The IBHS Training & Exercise Calendar and Learning Management System (LMS) can be found at www.idahoprepares.com
Training and exercise is a vital component to providing emergency response agencies and their communities improved public safety and preparedness capabilities. The Idaho Bureau of Homeland
Security enhances the emergency preparedness of Idaho’s communities through the sustainment of a comprehensive, all-hazard training and exercise program.
A comprehensive training and exercise program improves operational readiness, reveals planning gaps and resource limitations, improves coordination, clarifies roles and responsibilities, improves
individual performance, and gains public recognition of the emergency services programs.
The training and exercise program is designed to be a cyclical process to include:
- Training: Awareness, operational, technical instruction to improve responder knowledge, skills and abilities
- Exercise: Demonstrate capabilities gained through new training and identify additional training needs.
- Plan: Validate existing plans, policies and procedures, Automatic and Mutual Aid Agreements; to determine effectiveness, adequacy and applicability.
- Equip: Demonstrate capability and responder proficiency on new equipment, identify resource gaps, and improve interoperability.
- Improvement Planning: identify lessons learned to include sustainment and needs for improvement.
Training and Exercise Plans (TEPs) are the foundation to ensuring the “whole community” of emergency management is prepared to assist during a disaster.
Every county and tribe should work with their Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) to develop and maintain a Multi-Year Training and Exercise Plan. Guidance from elected and appointed officials is a key element to making your TEP a purposeful, directive tool.
Preparedness guidance recommends the annual conduct of Training and Exercise Planning Workshops (TEPWs). TEPWs are an effective way to capture feedback on current needs from stakeholders within the field of emergency management When TEPWs are held annually, it has been proven that the cooperating agencies feel more engaged and prepared than those who do not actively participate.
On March 12th, 2014, Idaho BHS conducted a TEPW and updated the Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security Multi-Year Training and Exercise Plan 2014-2016.
The Preparedness Cycle of Planning, Training, Exercising, Equipping and Improvement Planning has been on-going in Idaho for over a decade. We are proud of the partnerships that have been built and sustained through training and exercise over all these years.