The Training, Education & Exercises Division supports one annual regional exercise for each of VDEM’s seven regions, the annual exercise for the Virginia Emergency Support Team and Governor’s Cabinet exercise. The division will also assist local and state governments to design and conduct their own exercises.
Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program
The Training, Education & Exercises Division helps government and its partners develop, plan, conduct, evaluate and improve their plans. The division follows Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program methodology, which provides standards for exercises of all types and scope. HSEEP builds self-sustaining exercise programs and provides a standardized policy, methodology and terminology.
A comprehensive all-hazard exercise program includes planning and training, the exercise itself, and evaluation and the After-Action Report / Improvement Plan. The AAR/IP examines lessons learned during the exercise and transforms them into corrective actions.
What does it mean to be HSEEP compliant?
In order for an organization to be considered HSEEP compliant, it must satisfy four distinct performance requirements:
- Conduct a bi-annual Training and Exercise Plan Workshop and maintain a Multi-year Training and Exercise Plan.
- Plan and conduct exercises according to HSEEP guidelines.
- Develop and submit a properly formatted After-Action Report/Improvement Plan.
- Track and implement Corrective Actions identified in the AAR/IP