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HSEEP COMPLIANCE during FEMA Drills [WTF?!?!?!?!]
« on: April 20, 2009, 06:46:27 pm »
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Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP)

1. HSEEP Compliance is defined as adherence to specific HSEEP mandated practices for exercise program management, design, development, conduct, evaluation, and improvement planning. In order for an entity to be considered HSEEP compliant it must satisfy four distinct performance requirements: Conducting an annual Training and Exercise Plan Workshop and developing and maintaining a Multi-year Training and Exercise Plan.
2. Planning and conducting exercises in accordance with the guidelines set forth in HSEEP Volumes I-III.

Exercise Planning and Conduct

■ The type of exercise selected by the entity should be consistent with the entity’s Multi-year Training and Exercise Plan.

■ Exercise objectives should be based on capabilities and their associated critical tasks, which are contained within the EEGs. For example, if an entity, based on its risk/vulnerability analysis, determines that it is prone to hurricanes, it may want to validate its evacuation capabilities. In order to validate this capability it would first refer to the “Citizen Protection: Evacuation and/or In- Place Protection” EEG. Tasks associated with this capability include: “make the decision to evacuate or shelter in place;” “identify and mobilize appropriate personnel;” and “activate approved traffic control plan.” An entity may wish to create its own Simple, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Task-oriented (S.M.A.R.T.) objectives based on its specific plans/procedures associated with these capabilities and tasks, such as: 1) "Examine the ability of local response agencies to conduct mass evacuation procedures in accordance with Standard Operating Procedures; and 2) Evaluate the ability of local response agencies to issue public notification of an evacuation order within the timeframe prescribed in local Standard Operating Procedures.

■ The scenarios used in exercises must be tailored toward validating the capabilities, and should be based on the entity’s risk/vulnerability assessment.

■ Exercise planners should develop the following documents, in accordance with HSEEP Volume IV, to support exercise planning, conduct, evaluation, and improvement planning:

■ For Discussion-based Exercises:
- Situation Manual (SITMAN)

■ For Operations-based Exercises this requires:
- Exercise Plan (EXPLAN)
- Player Handout
- Master Scenario Events List (MSEL)
- Controller/Evaluator Handbook (C/E Handbook)
Templates and samples of these documents can be found in HSEEP Volume IV: Sample Templates and Formats, available on the HSEEP website (

■ Exercises should adhere to the planning timelines laid forth in HSEEP Volume I.

■ Exercises must reflect the principles of the National Incident Management System (NIMS).

3. Developing and submitting a properly formatted After-Action Report/Improvement Plan (AAR/IP). The format for the AAR/IP is found in HSEEP Volume III.

After-Action Reporting

■ AAR/IPs created for exercises must conform to the templates provided in HSEEP Volume III: Exercise Evaluation and Improvement Planning.

■ Following each exercise, a draft AAR/IP must be developed based on information gathered through use of Exercise Evaluation Guides (EEGs).

■ Following every exercise, an After-Action Conference (AAC) must be conducted, in which:
- Key personnel and the exercise planning team are presented with findings and recommendations from the draft AAR/IP.
- Corrective actions addressing a draft AAR/IP’s recommendations are developed and assigned to responsible parties with due dates for completion.

■ A final AAR/IP with recommendations and corrective actions derived from discussion at the AAC must be completed within 60 days after the completion of each exercise.

4. Tracking and implementing corrective actions identified in the AAR/IP.

Improvement Planning

■ An improvement plan will include broad recommendations from the AAR/IP organized by target capability as defined in the Target Capabilities List (TCL).

■ Corrective actions derived from an AAC are associated with the recommendations and must be linked to a capability element as defined in the TCL.

■ Corrective actions included in the improvement plan must be measurable.

■ Corrective actions included in the improvement plan must designate a projected start date and completion date.

■ Corrective actions included in the improvement plan must be assigned to an organization and a point of contact (POC) within that organization.

■ Corrective actions must be continually monitored and reviewed as part of an organizational Corrective Action Program. An individual should be responsible for managing a Corrective Action Program to ensure corrective actions resulting from exercises, policy discussions and real-world events are resolved and support the scheduling and development of subsequent training and exercises.

Training and Exercise Plan Workshop (T&EPW)

■ All HSEEP compliant entities conduct a T&EPW each calendar year in which they develop a Multi-year Training and Exercise Plan, which includes:

■ The entities’ training and exercise priorities (based on an overarching strategy and previous improvement plans).

■ The capabilities from the TCL that the entity will train for and exercise against.

■ A multi-year training and exercise schedule which:
- Reflects the training activities which will take place prior to an exercise, allowing exercises to serve as a true validation of previous training.
- Reflects all exercises in which the entity participates.
- Employs a “building-block approach” in which training and exercise activities gradually escalate in complexity.

■ A new or updated Multi-year Training and Exercise Plan must be finalized and implemented within 60 days of the T&EPW.

■ All scheduled exercises must be entered into the National Exercise Schedule (NEXS) System.

■ The Multi-Year Training and Exercise Plan must be updated on an annual basis (or as necessary) to reflect schedule changes.

Exercise Types

There are seven types of exercises defined within HSEEP, each of which is either discussions-based or operations-based. Discussions-based Exercises familiarize participants with current plans, policies, agreements and procedures, or may be used to develop new plans, policies, agreements, and procedures. Types of Discussion-based Exercises include:

■ Seminar. A seminar is an informal discussion, designed to orient participants to new or updated plans, policies, or procedures (e.g., a seminar to review a new Evacuation Standard Operating Procedure).

■ Workshop. A workshop resembles a seminar, but is employed to build specific products, such as a draft plan or policy (e.g., a Training and Exercise Plan Workshop is used to develop a Multi-year Training and Exercise Plan).

■ Tabletop Exercise (TTX). A tabletop exercise involves key personnel discussing simulated scenarios in an informal setting. TTXs can be used to assess plans, policies, and procedures.

■ Game. A game is a simulation of operations that often involves two or more teams, usually in a competitive environment, using rules, data, and procedure designed to depict an actual or assumed real-life situation. Operations-based Exercises validate plans, policies, agreements and procedures, clarify roles and responsibilities, and identify resource gaps in an operational environment. Types of Operations-based

Exercises include:

■ Drill. A drill is a coordinated, supervised activity usually employed to test a single, specific operation or function within a single entity (e.g., a fire department conducts a decontamination drill).

■ Functional Exercise (FE). A functional exercise examines and/or validates the coordination, command, and control between various multi-agency coordination centers (e.g., emergency operation center, joint field office, etc.). A functional exercise does not involve any "boots on the ground" (i.e., first responders or emergency officials responding to an incident in real time).

■ Full-Scale Exercise (FSE). A full-scale exercise is a multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional, multidiscipline exercise involving functional (e.g., joint field office, emergency operation centers, etc.) and "boots on the ground" response (e.g., firefighters decontaminating mock victims).

Planning and After Action Conferences

The HSEEP methodology defines a variety of planning and after action conferences. The need for each of these conferences varies depending on the type and scope of the exercise. They include:

■ Concepts and Objectives Meeting

■ Initial Planning Conference (IPC)

■ Mid-Term Planning Conference (MPC)

■ Master Scenario Events List (MSEL) Conference

■ Final Planning Conference (FPC)

■ After Action Conference (AAC)

HSEEP Volume II: Exercise Planning and Conduct  provides detail on the outcomes, products, and associated timelines for each of these planning conferences.
The National Preparedness System meets the requirement in HSPD-8 for “elements that support the national preparedness goal including ...a system for assessing the Nation’s overall preparedness to respond to major events, especially those involving acts of terrorism.” 

The National Preparedness System provides the tools and processes to realign existing programs and efforts to support the National Preparedness Goal.  Many processes already being performed by States, local, and tribal entities under current Federal grant programs are well suited to the National Preparedness System and will be retained.  The System adds important tools to enhance these processes.   

The System has four main components.  Each provides opportunities for all levels of government to communicate and collaborate on achieving the Goal.  Many actions will be concurrent.  They are described sequentially for ease of understanding:

Strategic Direction, which involves development of the National Preparedness Goal, including a capabilities-based framework to support the Goal; issuance of National Preparedness Guidance; and alignment of preparedness programs and efforts throughout the homeland security community to support the Goal. 

Planning and Resource Allocation, which involves application of scenario-based analysis, capabilities-based planning, and portfolio management techniques to determine needs and allocate resources to build capabilities that are prioritized based upon risk.

Execution, which involves demonstration of capability through performance-based training and exercises, and evaluation of performance to identify lessons learned, share best practices, and update improvement plans.   

Feedback, which involves assessment and reporting on progress and effectiveness of efforts throughout the system to achieve the National Preparedness Goal. 
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Re: HSEEP COMPLIANCE during FEMA Drills [WTF?!?!?!?!]
« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2009, 07:01:08 pm »
That is right boys and girls, the Kings and Queens of the world will be conducting SHEEP COMPLIANCE over the next few years to find out if you are to be sheered or turned into mutton.
All eyes are opened, or opening, to the rights of man. The general spread of the light of science has already laid open to every view the palpable truth, that the mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride them legitimately