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On April 1st, 2015 the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) will begin to use the FEMA Student Identification (SID) number when submitting your Independent Study (IS) final exam. You must continue to use your SSN or Alternate ID number until April 1st; however, we recommend registering a FEMA SID today: https://cdp.dhs.gov/femasid.

IS-130: Exercise Evaluation and Improvement Planning

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Course Overview

IS 130 introduces the basics of emergency management exercise evaluation and improvement planning. It also builds a foundation for exercise evaluation concepts as identified in the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP).

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Course Objectives:

At the end of this course, you will:

  • Understand the Exercise Evaluation and Improvement Planning steps
  • Comprehend the process of designing and developing exercise evaluation criteria
  • Identify the necessary tasks in conducting an exercise evaluation
  • Understand methods of analyzing exercise data
  • Identify the steps necessary to prepare an After Action Report (AAR) and conduct an After Action Conference (AAC)
  • Recognize the requirement of developing and implementing an improvement plan

Primary Audience

This course is designed for local, State, Federal, trust territories, tribal nations, volunteer organizations, and private industry emergency management/response personnel with the responsibility for exercise evaluation.


IS 120.A: An Introduction to Exercises



Course Length:

5 hours
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Take Final Exam
  • Take Final Exam Online
  • Please note that the IS Program does not accept the FEMA SID when completing your test. Please use your SSN as directed in the test form. Those individuals that do not wish to use their SSN may request an Alternate ID number
  • Test questions are scrambled to protect test integrity
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