Exercise Support

California Specialized Training Institute
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​Exercise Support Program

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 needs
Electronic master copies of exercise documentation/materials: Invitations, Minutes, Agendas, Situation Manuals (SitMan), Name Tents, PowerPoint Presentations, Exercise Evaluation Guides, Draft AARs
Track RSVPs

​Available Discussion-Based Topics​

Pandemic Influenza
Continuity of Operations
Food & Agriculture
Public Information & Warning
Mass Care & Shelter
Access and Functional Needs
Volunteer Management
​Emergency Operation Center Management
Executive Level Roles & Responsibilities in a Disaster
Public/Private Partnerships in a Disaster
Management Decision Making in a Cyber Incident
Information Sharing
Interoperable Communications

​Available Operations-Based Exercise

Functional Exercise (FE) for Emergency Operations Centers and Department Operations Centers

Customer Responsibilities

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 discussions
Acquire willing participants utilizing provided invitations
Post exercise to National Exercise Schedule (NEXS)
Venue for the exercise
Participate in at least two planning meetings (could be by phone or in person)
Review and reproduce all exercise materials prepared for distribution
With Exercise Program assistance, finalize and submit After Action Report (AAR) and Improvement Plan (IP)

*Note: Exercise support, outside of Golden Guardian, will not be available during the months of April and May due to Golden Guardian exercise support requirements.


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