Exercise and Evaluation Programs
Exercise and evaluation programs provide an opportunity to validate your emergency response plan and test your organizational capabilities. Exercises that are well-designed allow personnel to become familiar with their roles and responsibilities in a low-risk environment. Interaction and communication aren’t the only benefits either. By identifying capability gaps, you can define areas for improvement. From tabletop to full-scale exercises, you can better manage your emergency operations center (EOC), too.
ICS/NIMS and Incident Management
Emergency Response Consulting (ERC) is a leader in exercise and evaluation programs. That’s because when we develop an emergency response plan, we work with community partners like police, fire, and EMS. From grant writing and grant management through planning, training, and after-action reporting, ERC offers complete solution. We also understand the recent changes to the National Incident Management Systems (NIMS), a common hierarchy which includes the Incident Command Systems (ICS).
For example, if your community is interested in grants, ERC can help you to identify opportunities and apply for funding. If you’re awarded, we can perform risk assessment and hazard mitigation, write your emergency response plan, and provide all the required training. After we develop and manage your exercise and evaluation program, we’ll write an after-action report. If you need multi-jurisdictional response and multi-agency interoperability, ERC can share its expertise in these areas.
HSEEP Certified Exercise Management
ERC’s president, Amalio “AJ” Jusino”, is a certified trainer for the U.S. Department Homeland Security’s (DHS) Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP). Jusino and the ERC Team have also worked closely with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), Vermont Emergency Management, and other federal, state, and local agencies and organizations. This includes Clark County, Nevada, where responders applied lessons learned to the 2017 Las Vegas Shooting.
HSEEP provides a set of guiding principles for exercise programs and a common approach to exercise management, including aspects such as design and development, conduct, evaluation, and improvement planning. Although HSEEP exercise and evaluation doctrine is flexible, its important to partner with a provider who can address the priorities that you’ve established. That’s why ERC understands all of the HSEEP fundamentals, but can provide you with a complete and total solution.
Exercise Evaluation and After-Action Reporting
Exercise evaluation is the key to improvement planning. As part of this process, ERC can develop your exercise evaluation guide, recruit and train evaluators, collect and analyze data, and draft an after-action report. Through improvement planning, elected and appointed officials can identify corrective areas and assign responsibility. If additional training is required, ERC can provide that, too.
Exercise and evaluation programs are an important part of emergency preparedness. To learn how Emergency Response Consulting can help you to meet your objectives in this area, contact us.
MCI: Mass Casualty Drill Development
Regardless if you are a public/private employer, community or region a Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) has a different look and flavor. Our team of consultants is committed to working with any organization to determine the best possible solution based on your risk assessment, response capabilities and hazard mitigation efforts. Our consultants are HSEEP: Homeland Security Exercise and Education certified, which allows for full compliance in all aspects of your exercise. ERC is able to assist with the development of the scenario objectives, Situation Manual (SITMAN), Master Scenario Events List (MSEL), Exercise Evaluation Guides (EEGS) and After-Action Report (AAR).
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