CSTI's Exercise Division leads a statewide all-hazards Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) to assist California in preventing, protecting, mitigating, responding to, and recovering from man-made and natural disasters. The objectives of our exercise program are to:
CSTI's Exercise Program provides a selection of capability based discussion exercise on a variety of topics that can be delivered at the county, region, and state levels. We also support functional exercises (FE) for Emergency Operations Centers (EOC) and Department Operations Centers (DOC).
All activities are in accordance with the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) guidelines to maximize efficiency and minimize work load. Ideally, the process would include one to two planning meetings to tailor the exercise (in person, by phone, or email exchanges), a 2-4 hour exercise, and one After Action Report (AAR) Conference.
Exercise Program Support Capabilities:Exercise facilitation and planning support
Meet with customer to tailor currently available exercise documents to meet specific needsElectronic master copies of exercise documentation/materials: Invitations, Minutes, Agendas, Situation Manuals (SitMan), Name Tents, PowerPoint Presentations, Exercise Evaluation Guides, Draft AARsTrack RSVPs
Implemented in 2004, Cal OES' annual state-level exercise series has become the most comprehensive preparedness exercise program in the country. Capstone California exercises are designed to improve emergency preparedness for catastrophic events at all levels of government.
The Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP)
CSTI uses HSEEP as the doctrinal basis for our exercise program. HSEEP is a capabilities and performance-based exercise program developed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. It provides a standardized policy, methodology, and terminology for exercise design, development, conduct, evaluation, and improvement planning. Adherence to the revised April 2013 HSEEP Guidance ensures that exercise programs conform to the established best practices, and helps provide unity and consistency of effort for exercises at all levels of government.
Exercise practitioner training is available through the Emergency Management Institute (EMI). For more information about EMI visit their website at: http://training.fema.gov/EMI/. CSTI’s Exercise Program recommends the following Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) professional development training for exercise practitioners: Independent Study Courses: IS120.a An Introduction to Exercises: The course introduces the basics of emergency management exercises. It also builds a foundation for subsequent exercise courses, which provide the specifics of the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) and the National Standard Exercise Curriculum (NSEC). IS130 Exercise Evaluation and Improvement Planning: The Course introduces the basics of emergency management exercise evaluation and improvement planning. It also builds a foundation for exercise evaluation concepts as identified in the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP). IS139 Exercise Design: This course will cover the purpose, characteristics, and requirements of three main types of exercises: Tabletop exercise Functional exercise Full-scale exercise In addition this course will cover: Exercise evaluation. Exercise enhancements. Designing a functional exercise.
Distance Learning Course:K0146 HSEEP Training Course: This course will provide training on the April 2013 release of the revised HSEEP Program Guidance. It is an intermediate course designed to describe the core principles and processes of HSEEP, its standardized methodology, and resources which are designed to assist you in developing an exercise program. Classroom Training:E/L0131 Exercise Evaluation and Improvement Planning: This course focuses on a systematic exercise and improvement planning program.
Master Exercise Practitioner (MEP) Program: The MEP mission is to improve the capabilities of Emergency Management exercise personnel in exercise program management and in every phase of the overall exercise process. For more information visit the MEP Program website at: http://training.fema.gov/MEPP/
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Functional Exercise (FE) for Emergency Operations Centers and Department Operations Centers
Identify the type of exercise needed
Seminar: Provide overview of new or current plans, resources, strategies, concepts or ideas
Workshop: Achieve specific goal or build product (e.g., exercise objectives, standard operating procedures, policies, plans
Tabletop: Validate plans and procedures by utilizing a hypothetical scenario to drive participant discussionsAcquire willing participants utilizing provided invitationsPost exercise to National Exercise Schedule (NEXS)Venue for the exerciseParticipate in at least two planning meetings (could be by phone or in person)Review and reproduce all exercise materials prepared for distributionWith Exercise Program assistance, finalize and submit After Action Report (AAR) and Improvement Plan (IP)