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 monitor HSEEP Webinars for updates and to register for a session.
FEMA developed a series of short videos that provide a brief overview of topics related to the design, development, conduct, and evaluation of exercises. You may access the complete video series at HSEEP Video Series - YouTube.
The 2020 Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) K/L0146 training material has been approved by EMI and is available for download from the EMI Instructor Materials Download Application (IMDA). The course material is only available for download for individuals that are on EMI’s Approved Instructor List. All Regional Training Managers (RTMs)/Regional Exercise Officers (REOs) and State Training Officers (STOs) have be added to the Approved Instructor List.
- Course sponsors planning to deliver a K/L0146 course will need to identify instructors and submit a request no later than six weeks prior to course delivery to the EMI HSEEP Course Manager firstname.lastname@example.org and cc email@example.com.
- The 2013 K/L0146 training material is still being used to deliver approved courses into 3rd quarter FY 2021. Please monitor the EMI HSEEP webpage for updates on sunsetting the 2013 K/L0146 training material at https://training.fema.gov/programs/hseep.