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DEM Weekly “I Wonder” Webinar Series

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Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, many exercises have been postponed or canceled. The Utah Division of Emergency Management will be hosting a weekly webinar series aimed at providing local emergency managers with relevant content and opportunities to enhance their capabilities. Most of these webinars will be seminars or workshops with a hands on portion which will allow emergency managers to become oriented to a DEM process or test a DEM product.  More information can be found on our “I Wonder” Webinar Page. 


Exercise Assistance Request Form 

Please use this form to request DEM assistance for your exercise. We will contact you after receiving your request to let you know what assistance we can provide.

Exercise Templates

***NEW HSEEP Tools***
Latest release of HSEEP Doctrine
2020 HSEEP Information Sheet
2020 HSEEP Frequently Asked Questions

The Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program (HSEEP) Preparedness Toolkit is a website with all of the available templates related to the HSEEP policy & guidance. DEM has adopted HSEEP as a best practice for exercise design and development, conduct, evaluation and improvement planning. A graphic representation of the HSEEP Exercise Cycle includes over 18 elements to include in an exercise process (pdf graphic). HSEEP is part of the National Preparedness System (pdf graphic).

DEM has created versions of some of the HSEEP templates to include instructions and links to relevant supporting documents. These templates include:

Exercise Types

There are seven exercise types. Four are discussion based and three are operations based. These exercises increase in their complexity. Here are a few exercise tools that may be used as aids for determining which exercise type is appropriate.

Other Training & Exercise Program Management and TEPW Tools  

Integrated Preparedness Planning Workshop (IPPW) – Formerly known as a Training and Exercise Planning Workshop (TEPW)

DEM recommends the use of HSEEP for all exercises conducted at the local, county, tribal and state level.

The table below includes links to the DEM versions of HSEEP exercise templates.

**Planned/Real-World Event Approval Form

HSEEP Exercise
Templates
Exercise Plan
* which should include
an Exercise Overview page
After Action Report
Improvement Plan

* which should include
an Exercise Overview page
Participant Roster*
Seminar
(This Exercise Type
is an informational briefing)
No
Either AAR/IP or
Executive Summary*
At a minimum, names of participants
and agencies in AAR
Workshop
(A Product is Developed
During this Exercise Type)
No
Either AAR/IP or
Executive Summary*
At a minimum, names of participants
and agencies in AAR
Tabletop
No
Yes
Yes
Drill
(usually single agency,
single function)
No
Yes
Yes
Functional
Yes
Yes
Yes
Full-Scale
Yes
Yes
Yes
Planned Event**
No
Yes
Yes
Real World Event**
No
Yes
At a minimum, names of participants
and agencies in AAR

**Planned/Real-World Event Approval Form

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COVID-19 Exercise Tools

FEMA’s Preparedness in a Pandemic Exercise Starter Kit helps whole community partners by providing sample documents state, local, tribal and territorial governments can use to conduct their own workshops on preparedness in a pandemic. The questions and considerations contained in the guide were developed from FEMA’s COVID-19 Pandemic Operational Guidance for the 2020 Hurricane Season.

As organizations across the country plan for how to return to full operations and protect the wellbeing and safety of their employees and communities, FEMA’s National Exercise Division and the National Continuity Programs have collaborated to develop an Exercise Starter Kit on Reconstituting Operations. This Exercise Starter Kit is designed to be shared across the whole community to help organizations, including government agencies, conduct their own planning workshops to navigate the complexities of returning to full operations during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

What is the Exercise Starter Kit (ESK) on Reconstituting Operations?

  • A virtual toolkit designed to help any organization across the community facilitate their own conversations around planning considerations for resuming operations during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
  • A set of sample conduct slides and a sample facilitator guide that organizations can adapt and customize for their own needs depending on the organization type and current situation.
  • A toolkit organized into four discussion areas: people, facilities, messaging/communications and resources/logistics that guides organizations through helpful questions such as:
    • What resources are needed to return to full operations?
    • How should we communicate with our staff and the public?
  • A toolkit developed based on the Guidelines for Opening Up America Againand the FEMA fact sheet, “Planning Considerations for Organizations in Reconstituting Operations During the COVID-19 Pandemic.”