Exercises are a key component of national preparedness — they provide the whole community with the opportunity to shape planning, assess and validate capabilities, and address areas for improvement. HSEEP provides a set of guiding principles for exercise and evaluation programs, as well as a common approach to exercise program management, design and development, conduct, evaluation, and improvement planning.
Through the use of HSEEP, the whole community can develop, execute, and evaluate exercises that address the preparedness priorities. These priorities are informed by risk and capability assessments, findings, corrective actions from previous events, and external requirements. These priorities guide the overall direction of an exercise program and the design and development of individual exercises.
These priorities guide planners as they identify exercise objectives and align them to capabilities for evaluation during the exercise. Exercise evaluation assesses the ability to meet exercise objectives and capabilities by documenting strengths, areas for improvement, capability performance, and corrective actions in an After-Action Report/Improvement Plan (AAR/IP). Through improvement planning, organizations take the corrective actions needed to improve plans, build and sustain capabilities, and maintain readiness.
Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program Doctrine
HSEEP Information Sheet
HSEEP Frequently Asked Questions 2020
Latest revision released in February 2020
- FEMA will continue to conduct additional HSEEP Webinars in 2021, please continue to monitor this page for updates. To register for a recorded session of the Integrated Preparedness Plan (IPP) and Integrated Preparedness Planning Workshop (IPPW) Webinar please visit: HSEEP Webinars.
- The HSEEP Course (K/L 0146) is currently being updated and will be released soon. Continue to monitor the EMI HSEEP webpage for release date information: EMI HSEEP Course.