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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:

  • Conduct the state-level Capstone California exercise series
  • Support the use of HSEEP Guidance in California
  • Provide exercise expertise and support to preparedness stakeholders
  • Provide exercise expertise and support to other Cal OES divisions/activities
  • Facilitate Cal OES Training & Exercise Planning Workshop process and produce the Cal OES Multiyear Training & Exercise Plan
  • Provide oversight of the HSEEP toolkit for California
  • Remain flexible & adaptable in order to conduct functional initiative exercises to meet the emerging needs of California


Exercise Support Program

  • Exercise Support Program
  • Exercise Initial Planning Checklist (PDF)
  • Request Controller and Evaluator Training
  • Training and Exercise Planning Workshop Support
  • EMI Virtual Tabletop Exercise Program


Cal OES' State-Level Exercise Program

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)

  • Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) Guidance, April 2013
  • Crosswalk of Target Capabilities to Core Capabilities

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.


​HSEEP Exercise Practitioner Training

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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