Exercises are a key component of your emergency management program. They will help you identify gaps in planning, reduce response times, and increase the confidence of your staff during times of crisis.
A major element to any exercise is having personnel to act as exercise staff (evaluators, controllers, players, etc.). We realize that one of our great strengths as the RHPC is the ability to leverage members knowledge and experience to improve all facets of emergency preparedness. If you need assistance in the development or running of your exercise, please contact one of the Regional Training and Exercise Coordinators for assistance.
Standards and Exercises
Types of Exercises
|Utility/ Purpose||Type of Player action||Real-time Play?||Scope|
Discussion- Based Exercises
|Familiarize players with current plans, policies, agreements, and procedures; develop new plans, policies, agreements, and procedures||Notional; Players actions are imaginary or hypothetical||No||Varies|
|Seminar||Provide overview of new current plans, resources, strategies, concepts or ideas||n/a||No||Multi-or Single-agency|
|Workshops||Achieve specific goal or build product (e.g., exercise objectives, SOPs, policies, plans)||n/a||No||Multi- agency/ Single-function|
|Tabletop Exercise (TTX)||Validate plans and procedures by utilizing a hypothetical scenario to drive participant discussions||Notional||No||Multi- agency/ Multiple functions|
|Game||Explore decision-making process and examine consequences of those decisions||Notional||No (through some simulations provide real-or real time play)||Multi- agency/ Multiple functions|
Operations Based Exercises
|Validate plans, policies, agreements, and procedures; clarify roles and responsibilities; identify response gaps||Actual; player action mimics reaction, response, mobilization, and commitment of personal and resources||Yes||Varies|
|Drill||Validate a signal operation or function of an agency||Actual||Yes||Single agency/ single function|
|Functional Exercise (FE)||Evaluate capabilities, functions, plans, and staffs of Incident Command, Unified Command, Fusion centers, or other multi-agency coordination centers||Command staff actions are actual; movement of other personnel, equipment, or adversaries is simulated||Yes||Multiple functional areas/ Multiple functions|
|Full-Scale Exercise (FSE)||Validate plans, policies, procedures, and cooperative agreements developed in previous exercises through their actual implementation and execution||Actual||Yes||Multiple agency/ Multiple functions|