The Training, Education and Exercise Division (TEED) coordinates and conducts the Virginia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Training and Exercise programs. Our audience includes state and local emergency management professionals, first responders, volunteer organizations, private organizations and other partners. The Director serves as the State Administrative Agency (SAA) point of contact.
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The training program provides first responders, emergency managers, public health and service providers, volunteers, elected officials, private industry and others with the skills necessary to protect life and property through preparedness courses. The following programs are available:
- Advanced Professional Series (APS)
- Basic Academy (EMPP)
- National Emergency Management Advanced Academy (NEMAA)
- Hazardous Materials Training Program
- Incident Command Training Program (ICS)
- Search and Rescue Training Program
- Unmanned Aerial Systems Training (UAS)
- Virginia Emergency Support Team (VEST) Training Program
- FEMA Workshops (e.g., Public Assistance, Individual Assistance, etc.)
- Professional Development Programs (VDEM employees only)
Registering for a course requires that you have an active account on the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Learning Center (COVLC or VLC). If you do not have an account, you must create one in order to access the VLC. Note: Some programs require you to apply for admission as a first step toward registering. The application for admission process allows the admissions committee to verify your eligibility and qualifications. If you need help or have questions about course registration, please contact the Help Desk at 804-897-9995, 8-5 M-F or email: LMShelp@vdem.virginia.gov.
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Contact the Help Desk at 804-897-9995, 8-5 M-F or email LMShelp@vdem.virginia.gov.
Request to Schedule a Training Course:
The Training, Education and Exercise Division (TEED) is responsible for coordinating all of the Agency’s training, exercise, and conference programs and ensuring that these programs are of the highest quality. TEED has been designated as the initial point of contact for all inquiries related to scheduling a training, exercise, or conference event. TEED collaborates with state and local partners, VDEM response programs, the Virginia Emergency Support Team (VEST), and other key stakeholders to ensure that training, exercise, and conference programs address the needs of the emergency management community in the Commonwealth. VDEM’s TEED utilizes resources from Federal, state and other partners to ensure that all learning activities support identified capabilities, priorities, needs and lessons learned.
Needs for training are identified through the Training and Exercise Planning Workshops (TEPW) conducted within each VDEM region on an annual basis. Requests to offer training classes not identified via the TEPW and annual planning processes will be considered with due consideration for budget and resource capacities as well as regional priorities. The process for submitting, reviewing, approving, and initiating these ad hoc programs is described here.
- To request a course be added to the training schedule of classes, Requesting Agents must complete this form: VDEM TEED Training Request.
- Requesting Agents are asked to submit Requests for Services at least 45 days prior to the proposed event date.
- Requests to schedule a training course in a particular jurisdiction require the approval of the VDEM Chief Regional Coordinator.
- Requesting Agents should complete all required fields on the Request for Services form. Incomplete forms will cause processing delays.
- Completed Request for Services forms are submitted to TEED’s Academic Support Team at EMTraining@vdem.virginia.gov.
- TEED will notify the Requesting Agent of the decision made on the Request for Services within one week of the decision date.
- If you have questions, please contact Shannon Daniel, Training Manager, at email@example.com
The exercise program implemented and managed by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management provides first-responders, emergency managers, public health and service providers, volunteers, elected officials, private industry and others with the skills necessary to protect life and property through preparedness exercises in response to simulated, natural and/or man-made disaster scenarios. The goal of the exercise program is to improve the overall readiness and capabilities of emergency response by validating training, emergency plans, and procedures to identify strengths and areas for improvement, demonstrate operational capabilities, and to prepare personnel to respond to real world incidents, regardless of the threat or hazard. This is accomplished through the implementation of the building block approach for exercises and exercise activities, including seminars, workshops, tabletop exercises, drills, functional exercises, and full-scale exercises.
The Exercise Program follows the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) HSEEP methodology. HSEEP is a capabilities-based exercise methodology designed to build a self-sustaining exercise program and to provide standards for designing, developing, conducting, and evaluating exercises of all types and scope.
The Exercise Program supports several regional exercises in each of VDEM’s seven regions, the annual exercise for the Virginia Emergency Support Team (VEST), the annual Virginia Operations Plan Exercise (VOPEX) for Virginia’s nuclear power stations, as well the Governor’s Cabinet exercise. In addition, the Exercise Program has added the following types of technical assistance available to local and state governmental entities in designing and conducting an exercise:
- Sharing scenarios and exercise documentation developed since the VDEM HSEEP program inception.
- Providing one-on-one technical assistance in the design and conduct of an exercise.
- Designing and conducting an exercise on behalf of a locality or state agency (as time and resources permit).
- Providing a list of vendors appropriately procured on behalf of local and state governmental entities through an RFP resulting in an optional use statewide exercise contract.
Requests for technical assistance for exercises not identified via the TEPW and annual regional exercise planning processes will be considered with due consideration for budget and resource capacities as well as regional priorities. The process for submitting, reviewing, approving, and initiating technical support from VDEM exercise personnel is described here.
- To request technical assistance, localities or agencies must complete this form: VDEM EXERCISE TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE REQUEST.
- Requestors are asked to submit technical assistance requests at least 45 days prior to Initial Planning Meeting (exercise design AND conduct support) or the proposed event date (day-of support only).
- Requests for technical assistance in a particular jurisdiction require the approval of the VDEM Chief Regional Coordinator in addition to the State Exercise Officer.
- Requestors should complete all required fields on the request form. Incomplete forms will cause processing delays.
- Completed Exercise Technical Assistance Request forms are submitted to VDEM’s State Exercise Officer, Lauren Opett at firstname.lastname@example.org
- TEED will notify the Requestor of the decision made within one week of the form submission.
- If you have questions, please contact: Lauren Opett, VaPEM, MEP, Statewide Exercise Coordinator, email@example.com, 804-674-2426
Eligibility, Course Costs, and Class Cancellation Policy:
Generally, courses are available to anyone involved in emergency management or response at the local, state, or federal levels. Eligible attendees include public policymakers, emergency managers, response team leaders, volunteers, public health, schools, universities, first responders and many other partners from the public and private sectors. There are no direct instructional costs for those eligible to attend training courses. Student handbooks and supporting materials are provided as well. Courses may be cancelled due to low enrollment or extenuating circumstances. Students are notified in writing of a course cancellation.
- John Northon, Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Shannon Daniel, Training Manager, email@example.com
- Lauren Opett, Statewide Exercise Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ken Clark, Training and Curriculum Development Manager, email@example.com
- Candice Crockett, Academic Support Technician, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tamara Del Rosario, Academic Support Technician, email@example.com
- Robyn Ewing, Administrative Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Stephanie Harris, Exercise Project Coordinator, email@example.com
- Tonya Johnson, Conference Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Donna B. Taylor, Academic Support Coordinator, email@example.com
- Amanda Weaver, Academic Support Technician, firstname.lastname@example.org