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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.

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