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2009 EMI Gram: 804 - E147 Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) Train-the-Trainer (TTT) - Special Offering

Release Date: 8/25/2009

Release Date: October 12-15, 2009

Course Description:

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)/Emergency Management Institute (EMI) is hosting a special offering of the E147 HSEEP – TTT course for Master Exercise Practitioner Program (MEPP) applicants for Series #15 (see “Target Audience” on page 2), and for local, State, tribal nation, trust territory, and Federal agencies’ personnel.

The HSEEP training course is an intermediate-level training course that incorporates exercise guidance and best practices from the HSEEP volumes. Participants will learn about topics including exercise program management, design and development, conduct, evaluation, and improvement planning.

The HSEEP training course is an interactive course that allows participants to share personal lessons learned and best practices while gaining practical experience. In addition to instructor-led course presentations, the course includes small group activities, videos, and group discussions. The course also provides overviews of HSEEP-related initiatives such as technology (e.g., the HSEEP Toolkit) and capabilities-based planning (e.g., the Target Capabilities List). Activities include creating exercise documentation, conducting exercise planning conferences and briefings, and practicing exercise evaluation.

HSEEP is a capabilities-based exercise program that includes a cycle, mix, and range of exercise activities of varying degrees of complexity and interaction. The purpose of HSEEP is to build self-sustaining exercise programs and provide a standardized methodology for designing, developing, conducting, and evaluating all exercises.

HSEEP TTT Schedule
Day 1Day 2Day 3Day 4
Module 1 IntroductionModule 4 Design and DevelopmentModule 6 EvaluationTrain-the-Trainer
Module 2 Exercise Program ManagementModule 5 Management ConductModule 7 Improvement Planning 
Module 3 Foundation   


All participants are required to complete the EMI Independent Study (IS) course IS-120.a, An Introduction to Exercises before attending this HSEEP training course. It takes approximately 3-5 hours to complete IS-120.a, which is located at:

Select "Interactive Web-based Course" and then "Take Final Exam." Proof of completion must be submitted with the application (see below “To Apply”).

Additionally, the HSEEP TTT training course will cover other DHS initiatives. As such, it is recommended participants complete the following EMI IS courses:

IS-130, Exercise Evaluation and Improvement Planning
IS-139, Exercise Design
IS-700.a, NIMS, An Introduction
IS-800.b, National Response Framework, An Introduction

Course Length:

4 full days. Travel days are Sunday and Friday.

Target Audience:

Individuals who expect to teach the HSEEP training course to others within their agencies/organizations should take this TTT course.

State Emergency Management Agencies (SEMAs) may use this course to qualify Master Exercise Practitioner Program (MEPP) applicants for EMI's MEPP Series 15. For more information on the MEPP, visit the website at:

Course Modules and Objectives:

HSEEP TTT (E147) comprises seven modules.

Module 1: Introduction
Participants will learn the purpose, background, and scope of the HSEEP Training Course.

Module 2: Exercise Program Management
Participants will learn exercise program management fundamentals to provide the foundation to successfully develop and manage a self-sustaining HSEEP.

Module 3: Foundation
Participants will learn how to build a foundation for an HSEEP exercise, including organizing the Exercise Planning Team, scheduling planning conferences, and outlining a project management timeline.

Module 4: Design and Development
Participants will learn the conceptual and logistical differences between the design and development phases of discussion-based and operations-based HSEEP exercises.

Module 5: Conduct
Participants will learn how to successfully execute discussion-based and operations-based HSEEP exercises.

Module 6: Evaluation
Participants will learn how to evaluate discussion-based and operations-based HSEEP exercises to identify areas for improvement.

Module 7: Improvement Planning
Participants will learn how to develop and implement Improvement Plans to increase preparedness.

Participants reviews adult learning principles, perform teach backs, and learn strategies for delivering the HSEEP training course to others within their agencies.

Individuals involved in exercise programs and/or exercise design, development, conduct, control, evaluation, and improvement planning are encouraged to attend including: exercise program managers; exercise planning team members; controllers/facilitators; evaluators; and senior officials.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs):

EMI awards 2.6 CEUs for completion of this course.


National Emergency Training Center (NETC), Emergency Management Institute, Emmitsburg, Maryland.

To Apply:

Complete a FEMA Form 75-5, General Admissions Application with student signature, and signature of your supervisor or sponsoring agency official on line 22a. Please use your business address, email address and telephone numbers.

Local government personnel must submit applications through their State emergency management agencies (SEMAs). Website SEMA contact information is located on the web at: Upon approval, SEMAs should fax applications to the NETC Admissions Office at (301) 447-1658.

All other agencies/organizations personnel should send their applications to:

   NETC Admissions Office
   16825 S. Seton Avenue, Room I-216,
   Emmitsburg, MD 21727
   TEL: 301-447-1035
   FAX: 301-447-1658

For further enrollment information, refer to the EMI website at:

For course information, contact the EMI course managers, Paul Ganem (301) 447-1172, 1-800-238-3358 (ext. 1172), or email:, or Lowell Ezersky at (301) 447-1355, 1-800-238-3358 (ext. 1355), or email:

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