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Exercises are fundamental to emergency management by bringing together and strengthening the whole community in its efforts to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from all hazards. Exercises are conducted to validate plans, policies and procedures, test equipment, identify gaps in training and bring forth best practices to be continued.

The State of Idaho has adopted the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) as the set of guiding principles for our exercise programs. This provides a common approach to exercise program management, design and development, conduct, evaluation, and improvement planning. The fundamental principles of are HSEEP are:

  • Guided by Elected and Appointed Officials
  • Capability-based, Objective Driven
  • Progressive Planning Approach
  • Whole Community Integration
  • Informed by Risk
  • Common Methodology

Exercise Coursework

There are several training opportunities available to develop and enhance exercise programs. Courses are offered through Independent Study (IS), instructor-led classroom delivery and webinar formats.

HSEEP training is provided by FEMA Emergency Management Institute (EMI) through webinar format. Please check the EMI course schedule and complete the required application to participate in the webinar.

Please see the links on this webpage for current class schedules; these courses are not posted on the IdahoPrepares website.

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