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Training & Exercise

Exercise

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Exercises are fundamental to emergency management by bringing together and strengthening the whole community in its efforts to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from all hazards. Exercises are conducted to validate plans, policies and procedures, test equipment, identify gaps in training and bring forth best practices to be continued.

The State of Idaho has adopted the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) as the set of guiding principles for our exercise programs. This provides a common approach to exercise program management, design and development, conduct, evaluation, and improvement planning. The fundamental principles of are HSEEP are:

  • Guided by Elected and Appointed Officials
  • Capability-based, Objective Driven
  • Progressive Planning Approach
  • Whole Community Integration
  • Informed by Risk
  • Common Methodology
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Exercise Definitions

Exercises should...

  • be conducted in a no-fault, learning environment;
  • reference valid plans, SOPs, policies;
  • build in complexity and sophistication without overwhelming participants;
  • identify gaps in resources, training or plans;
  • be used as a tool to effect positive change, not place blame

Comprehensive exercise programs are comprised of discussion-based and operations based exercises, both types are necessary for a well-rounded preparedness cycle.

DISCUSSION BASED
SEMINAR
Seminars provide participants an overview of authorities, strategies, plans, policies, procedures, protocols and resources. There are a variety of tools used to measure knowledge gained through the seminar exercise format to include pre/post-tests, surveys and participant feedback forms.
WORKSHOP
Workshops are focused on a specific issue and should be facilitated with the intent to build a product such as new standard operating procedures (SOPs), emergency operations plans, continuity of operations plans, or mutual aid agreements.
TABLETOP (TTX)
A TTX uses a hypothetical, simulated emergency validate plans and procedures, rehearse concepts, and/or assess the level of preparedness through an interactive discussion.
OPERATIONS BASED
DRILL
Drills are activities conducted to validate a specific function or capability. Drills are narrow in focus with clearly defined plans, procedures, and protocols in place for participants to follow.
FUNCTIONAL (FE)
FEs are operations-based simulations that should be designed to validate and evaluate capabilities and functions of interdependent groups. FEs focus on decision making, direction, command and control in a realistic, real-time environment, however, movement of personnel and equipment is simulated.
FULL SCALE
FSEs are conducted in near real-time, stressful environments intended to mirror a real incident. Personnel and resources may be mobilized and deployed to the scene where actions are performed as if a real incident had occurred.

After Action Reports (AARs) are vital to implementing successful exercise programs. The AAR is the document that summarizes key information related to exercise evaluation. The AAR should include an overview of performance related to each objective and associated core capabilities, while highlighting strengths and areas for improvement. As part of the AAR, the Improvement Plan (IP) identifies concrete corrective actions, which are prioritized and tracked.

Exercise coursework

There are several training opportunities available to develop and enhance exercise programs. Courses are offered through Independent Study (IS), instructor-led classroom delivery and webinar formats.

HSEEP training is provided by FEMA Emergency Management Institute (EMI) through webinar format. Please check the EMI course schedule and complete the required application to participate in the webinar.

Please see the links on this webpage for current class schedules; these courses are not posted on the IdahoPrepares website.