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About the Exercise Section

2019 State-Level Exercise

The Exercise section provides first responders, volunteers, elected officials, emergency managers, private industry and others a chance to implement the skills necessary to protect lives and property during a simulated catastrophic event. This is accomplished by providing all-hazards training that emphasizes the importance of prevention, protection, response and recovery. The goal of the Exercise section is to improve the overall readiness and core capabilities of emergency response by validating training, emergency plans and procedures to reveal strengths and weaknesses, demonstrate operational capabilities and to prepare personnel for real-world events. This readiness is implemented through a building block process of exercises defined by the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP):

Discussion-Based Exercises
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Tabletops
  • Games
Operations-Based Exercises
  • Drills
  • Functional exercises
  • Full-scale exercises

The Exercise section provides support and guidance related to designing, developing and conducting these exercises at the district, regional and state level. Exercise staff also ensure that exercises are HSEEP-compliant.

HSEEP Templates

Integrated Preparedness Planning Workshop (IPPW) Guide and Templates

Exercise Starter Kits

Example Exercises


Exercise of School Explosion (2019)


Exercise of Water Rescues During Flood Event (2018)

Resources