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Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP)

Purpose of HSEEP

The Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) provides a set of guiding principles for exercise programs, as well as a common approach to exercise program management, design and development, conduct, evaluation, and improvement planning. Exercises are a key component of national preparedness - they provide elected and appointed officials and stakeholders from across the whole community with the opportunity to shape planning, assess and validate capabilities, and address areas for improvement.

Through the use of HSEEP, exercise program managers can 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 and 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. Accordingly, these priorities guide the design and development of individual exercises, as planners identify exercise objectives and align them to core capabilities for evaluation during the exercise. Exercise evaluation assesses the ability to meet exercise objectives and capabilities by documenting strengths, areas for improvement, core 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.

In this way, the use of HSEEP - in line with the National Preparedness Goal and the National Preparedness System - supports efforts across the whole community that improve our national capacity to build, sustain, and deliver core capabilities.

Applicability and Scope

HSEEP exercise and evaluation doctrine is flexible, scalable, and adaptable, and is for use by stakeholders across the whole community. HSEEP doctrine is applicable for exercises across all mission areas - prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery. Using HSEEP supports the National Preparedness System by providing a consistent approach to exercises and measuring progress toward building, sustaining, and delivering core capabilities.

HSEEP doctrine is based on national best practices and is supported by training, technology systems, tools, and technical assistance. The National Exercise Program (NEP) is consistent with the HSEEP methodology. Exercise practitioners are encouraged to apply and adapt HSEEP doctrine to meet their specific needs.

More information regarding HSEEP can be found here.

Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) 2019 Review

FEMA Seeks Feedback on Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) Doctrine

FEMA is accepting additional feedback for the draft version of the HSEEP doctrine; comments received during the initial engagement period have been incorporated into this draft.  Continued engagement with state, local, tribal, territorial, and Federal partners -along with other stakeholders - ensures that the HSEEP doctrine, training course, and corresponding documents best meets the needs of the whole community.

The second round of feedback will be accepted during the period of:

October 16, 2019 – November 8, 2019

Providing Recommendations

The document and comment matrix provided can be used to submit feedback and suggestions for the HSEEP doctrine and templates.  For the second outreach period, please provide feedback and/or suggestions prior to 5:00 pm EDT, November 8, 2019.  Email feedback to


This webpage will be updated periodically with the latest information and opportunities for secondary outreach timelines and webinars.  If you have any questions or suggestions, please email



FEMA will conduct a series of one-hour webinars that are open to all stakeholders and anyone interested in providing feedback and listening to subject matter experts discuss HSEEP.  Webinars are currently scheduled to take place:


  • Tuesday – October 22: 4:00 pm EDT
  • Thursday – October 24: 1:00 pm EDT
  • Tuesday – October 29: 9:00 am EDT
  • Thursday – October 31: 12:00 pm EDT

The URL for the Webinars is: and the call-in information is: 1-800-320-4330 Pin 504024#.


Last Updated: 
10/16/2019 - 14:16