State Exercise Program

Washington State has adopted the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) as the state standard. The Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program is a capabilities and performance-based exercise program providing a standardized methodology and terminology for exercise design, development, conduct, evaluation and improvement planning. The program constitutes a national standard for all exercises. HSEEP Policy and Guidance is presented in detail in HSEEP Volumes I-III.

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Available Training

There are a variety of independent study and classroom training opportunities for exercise professionals.

Independent Study (IS)

The Federal Emergency Management Agency Independent Study courses provide a student with an understanding of procedures and terminology related to a comprehensive exercise program. Independent study exercise courses include:

Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP)

Washington State Emergency Management Division offers the HSEEP Training Course. The HSEEP Training Course is an interactive course that allows participants to share personal lessons learned and best practices while gaining practical experience. Please check the Integrated Training & Exercise Calendar Tab for future EMD offerings of HSEEP. 

Master Exercise Practitioner Program (MEPP)

The MEPP goal is to increase the capabilities of participants in mastery of exercise program management and the overall exercise process in accordance with the policy, doctrine, practices, and tools in the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP). Additional information can be found here.

Integrated Emergency Management Courses (IEMC)

IEMCs are exercise-based training courses that place jurisdictions’ emergency operations center (EOC) personnel in realistic crisis situations within a structured learning environment. The jurisdiction selects the scenario(s) it wants to exercise; for example, a special event, earthquake, winter storm, or terrorist incident. Exercises are then developed to reflect the hazards or events facing the jurisdiction, the type of EOC used by the jurisdiction, and the organizations included in the jurisdictional emergency plans.

Information on how to prepare and submit an application for a community-specific IEMC can be found here.

Technical Assistance

Emergency Management Division staff is available to assist cities, counties, tribal entities and state agencies in the design, conduct, and evaluation of their exercises for all hazards. This assistance can be provided in the form of: planning conferences, workshops, site visits, technical review of exercise documents, exercise design, control, evaluation and State EOC exercise play.

For more information, please contact:

Justin Fordice
State Training Supervisor / State Training Officer
(253) 512-7056  justin.fordice@mil.wa.gov

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