Exercise links at bottom of page. The ADEM Exercise Section is the central point for Statewide Emergency Management and Homeland Security exercise program management and coordination in the State of Arkansas. The Exercise Section coordinates closely with Federal, State, and Local jurisdictions and agencies to support a self-sustaining and robust exercise program. Exercises represent the apex of emergency preparedness activities and provide for a structured analysis of the state and local emergency management response system. The ADEM Exercise Section uses an all-hazards approach to emergency preparedness exercise implementation and oversight. The State of Arkansas participates in several federal exercise initiatives including the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) and the Radiological Emergency Preparedness Program (REPP).
Attached here is a guidance, developed by ADEM Exercise, to assist you in the exercise planning process that is referenced in the FY20 EMPG Program Papers.
Information regarding exercise requirements for the Emergency Management Performance Grant can be found here.
As a result of the 1979 incident at the Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Plant in Pennsylvania, federal guidelines established the Radiological Emergency Preparedness Program (REPP) for the protection of those who reside or work near nuclear power plants. A partnership between Arkansas Nuclear One, ADEM, ADH, FEMA, and the USNRC provides emergency planning, training, and annual exercises to assess community wide radiological preparedness.
The exercise section at ADEM recommends the following courses to assist in your knowledge and skills of exercise design, conduct and evaluation process.
Introduces the basics of emergency management exercises. It also builds a foundation for subsequent exercise courses, which provide the specifics of the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP).
Introduces the basics of emergency management exercise evaluation and improvement planning. It also provides the foundation for exercise evaluation concepts and practices as identified in the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program.
Through the use of this course, exercise program managers can learn to develop, execute, and evaluate exercises that address the priorities established by an organization’s leaders. These priorities are based on the National Preparedness Goal, strategy documents, threat and hazard identification/risk assessment processes, capability assessments, and the results from previous exercises and real-world events. These priorities guide the overall direction of a progressive exercise program, where individual exercises are anchored to a common set of priorities or objectives and build toward an increasing level of complexity over time
The Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) provides guiding principles for a common, professional approach to program management, design and development, conduct, evaluation, and improvement planning.
- Exercise Resources:
- Notification Forms
- AAR-I.P. Excel Workbook
- AAR-I.P. Word Template
- Core Capabilities Definitions
- Exercise Schedule
- Sign-in sheet
- HSEEP Tool Kit (Please make sure to save this to your desktop first before opening it.)
- Exercise Training:
- Exercise Development – Comprehensive Guide
- Exercise Planning Process
- S.M.A.R.T. Objectives
- Selecting a Core Capability
- Developing an EEG
- Developing a MSEL
- Improvement Planning
- Template Examples:
- Excel AAR Workbook Training Sample
- Improvement Plan Training Sample