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Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program

Notice: All E/L/K0146 course material under revision aligning to the new 2020 HSEEP doctrine is currently on hold due to the solar winds issue. Continue to monitor the NED HSEEP webpage: and this webpage for release date information.​

Exercises are a key component of national preparedness — they provide the whole community with the opportunity to shape planning, assess and validate capabilities, and address areas for improvement. HSEEP provides a set of guiding principles for exercise and evaluation programs, as well as a common approach to exercise program management, design and development, conduct, evaluation, and improvement planning.

Through the use of HSEEP, the whole community can develop, execute, and evaluate exercises that address the preparedness priorities. These priorities are informed by risk and capability assessments, findings, corrective actions from previous events, and external requirements.  These priorities guide the overall direction of an exercise program and the design and development of individual exercises.

These priorities guide planners as they identify exercise objectives and align them to capabilities for evaluation during the exercise. Exercise evaluation assesses the ability to meet exercise objectives and capabilities by documenting strengths, areas for improvement, capability performance, and corrective actions in an After-Action Report/Improvement Plan (AAR/IP). Through improvement planning, organizations take the corrective actions needed to improve plans, build and sustain capabilities, and maintain readiness.

Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program Doctrine

HSEEP Information Sheet

HSEEP Frequently Asked Questions 2020

Latest revision released in February 2020


  • FEMA will host a series of HSEEP webinars to assist with implementation of the new Integrated Preparedness Plan and Integrated Preparedness Planning Workshop model, as part of the 2020 HSEEP Revision.  The webinars will begin Thursday October 29, 2020 and run through the month of November.  For more information and to register please visit: HSEEP Webinars.
  • The HSEEP Course (E/K/L0146) is currently being updated and will be released soon.  Continue to monitor the EMI HSEEP webpage for release date information: EMI HSEEP Course.

Last updated October 27, 2020


I would like to inform you and your staffs of the upcoming Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) webinar series focusing on the Integrated Preparedness Plan (IPP) and Integrated Preparedness Planning Workshop (IPPW) model.

As you already know, HSEEP is the cornerstone of the Nation’s guidance for exercise design, development, and evaluation.  HSEEP is flexible, scalable, adaptable, and is for use by stakeholders across the whole community.  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. 

A component of the 2020 HEEP Doctrine revision, was the reimagination of the Training and Exercise Planning Workshop (TEPW) and Training and Exercise Plan (TEP).  The TEPW/TEP model did not support the integration of risk assessments, planning efforts, grant priorities, and other preparedness activities to drive exercise activities.

We acknowledged this and evolved the HSEEP doctrine.  The Integrated Preparedness Plan (IPP) and Integrated Preparedness Planning Workshop (IPPW) model was developed to support the coordination, planning and scheduling of activities across the preparedness cycle.

The IPP/IPPW model has been piloted and refined.  My staff will host a series of webinars to assist with the implementation of the IPP/IPPW model. The current dates for these webinars are:

  • October 29 at 4:00pm EDT
  • November 2 at 9:00am EST
  • November 5 at 7:00pm EST
  • November 10 at 4:00pm EST
  • November 13 at 9:00am EST
  • November 16 at 1:00pm EST
  • November 18 at 7:00pm EST
  • November 20 at 1:00pm EST
  • November 24 at 9:00am EST
  • November 30 at 4:00pm EST


Please visit the HSEEP Webinar webpage to register:

I am asking for your support to get the message out to your state, local, tribal, territorial (SLTT) partners about the webinar series. The relationships that you have with your SLTT partners is critical in maintaining preparedness across the whole community.

Thank you for helping to get the word out.  As always, your continued partnership helps us ensure our continued positive impact on the nation’s preparedness. 

Erin Hoffman
Director (Acting) | National Exercise Division | National Preparedness Directorate

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