happen. Emergencies can be limited in scope or they can reach disaster
proportions, sweeping through an entire community or multiple communities.
Being prepared to respond to and recover from emergencies is everyone’s
challenge. Whether your organization is a government agency tasked with
a particular response role, a volunteer agency that responds to the
community’s needs, or a private sector entity that may be faced
with an emergency situation, you have an important role in that preparation.
As an outcome of your community’s or organization’s emergency
planning process, plans should be in place that specify how you prepare
for emergencies, how you will respond if an emergency occurs, how
you will mitigate the potential effects of emergencies, and how you
recover. Practice is an important aspect of the preparation process.
Experience and data show that exercises are a practical, efficient,
and cost-effective way for organizations in the government, nonprofit,
and private sectors to prepare for emergency response and recovery.
course is based on one important premise: Emergency exercises are
worth the effort. Exercises identify areas that are proficient and
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
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.
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 functional exercise.
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