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Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program

The Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) provides guiding principles for a common, professional approach to program management, design and development, conduct, evaluation, and improvement planning. Exercises are a key component of national preparedness, providing elected and appointed officials and stakeholders from across the emergency management community with the opportunity to shape planning, assess and validate capabilities, and address areas for improvement.

Through the use of HSEEP, exercise program managers can develop, execute, and evaluate exercises that address the priorities identified by organizational leaders. These priorities are based on the National Preparedness Goal, strategy documents, threat and hazard identification/risk assessment processes, capability assessments, and the results from prior exercises and real-world events. These priorities guide the overall direction of a progressive exercise program, wherein individual exercises are anchored to a common set of priorities or objectives and over time build toward an increasing level of complexity. Accordingly, these priorities guide the design and development of individual exercises as planners identify exercise objectives and align those to core capabilities.

The use of HSEEP, in line with the National Preparedness Goal and the National Preparedness System, supports efforts across the whole community that improve our national capacity to build, sustain, and deliver core capabilities. Exercise evaluation assesses the ability to meet exercise objectives and capabilities by documenting strengths, areas for improvement, core capability performance, and corrective actions in an After-Action Report/Improvement Plan (AAR/IP). Through planning, organizations take the corrective actions needed to improve plans, build and sustain capabilities, and maintain emergency management readiness.

FEMA Releases 2020 Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) Doctrine

Notice: Due to the on-going COVID-19 response, we will be postponing any future Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) webinars. We do not want to distract from the response efforts that are taking place. Please continue to monitor the HSEEP webpage for information about any future webinars and updates concerning HSEEP. Thank you.

On February 5, 2020, FEMA released the revised 2020 HSEEP Doctrine.  This update incorporates feedback and input from exercise planners and practitioners across the country and ensures that HSEEP doctrine, the training course, and corresponding documents continue to best meet the needs of the whole community.  HSEEP is flexible, scalable, adaptable, and is for use by stakeholders across the whole community and nation-wide use of HSEEP directly supports the National Preparedness System by providing a consistent approach to exercises and measuring progress toward building, sustaining, and delivering core capabilities.  The 2020 HSEEP doctrine continues to make HSEEP a practical and yet effective tool for exercise planners and practitioners across the whole community.

The HSEEP templates and the HSEEP course are currently being updated and will be released sometime in late spring/early summer.  Continue to monitor the HSEEP webpage for release date information:

Following the release of the new 2020 HSEEP doctrine, FEMA will be hosting webinars to provide information, highlights, and changes as a result of the review process.  The current dates for these webinars are:

  • February 18 at 3:00pm EST
  • February 20 at 9:00am EST
  • February 25 at 3:00pm EST
  • February 27 at 9:00am EST
  • March 3 at 3:00pm EST
  • March 10 at 9:00am EST
  • March 17 at 3:00pm EST
  • March 24 at 9:00am EST
  • March 31 at 3:00pm EST

The webinars will continue until May 15, 2020.  Please visit the HSEEP webpage to get additional dates and time:

The URL for the Webinars is: and the call-in information is:  1-800-320-4330  Pin 504024#

Along with the new 2020 HSEEP doctrine, there is also an Information Sheet and Frequently Asked Question sheet that are all available at:

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