This course is based on one
important premise: Emergency exercises are worth
the effort. Exercises identify areas that are
proficient and those that need improvement.
Lessons learned from exercises can be used to
revise operational plans and provide a basis for
training to improve proficiency in executing
those plans. This course is designed to
introduce you to the fundamentals of exercise
design and to prepare you to design and conduct
a small functional exercise for your
organization. It addresses: The value of
conducting exercises. The components of a
comprehensive exercise program. The exercise
development process ¾ development tasks,
organization of the design team, exercise
documentation, and the steps in designing an
exercise. 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
Homeland Security and Exercise
Evaluation Program (HSEEP)
Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation
Program (HSEEP) is a capabilities and
performance-based exercise program that provides
a standardized methodology and terminology for
exercise design, development, conduct,
evaluation, and improvement planning.
Homeland Security Exercise
and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) constitutes a
national standard for all exercises. Through
exercises, the National Exercise Program
supports organizations to achieve objective
assessments of their capabilities so that
strengths and areas for improvement are
identified, corrected, and shared as appropriate
prior to a real incident. To learn more about
the HSEEP program, click on the About HSEEP tab
The HSEEP is maintained by the Federal Emergency
Management Agency’s National Preparedness
Directorate, Department of Homeland Security.
Corrective Action Plan System
Corrective Action Program (CAP) System - a
web-based application that enables users to
prioritize, track, and analyze improvement plans
developed from exercises and real-world events.
Features of the CAP System include Improvement
Plan creation and maintenance, corrective action
assignment and tracking, and reporting and
analysis. The CAP System functionality is based
on the process described in HSEEP Volume III:
Exercise Evaluation and Improvement Planning.
The CAP System supports the process by which
exercise and real-world events can inform and
improve exercise programs and other preparedness
CAP System FAQ.
NEXS (National Exercise
National Exercise Schedule (NEXS) System -
the Nation's online comprehensive tool that
facilitates scheduling, deconfliction, and
synchronization of all National-Level, Federal,
State, and local exercises.
HSEEP User Guide: Login and Create an Exercise .
HSEEP User Guide: NEXS .