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About the National Exercise Program

The National Exercise Program (NEP) is a two-year cycle of exercises across the nation that examine and validate capabilities in all preparedness mission areas. Each NEP cycle is guided by Principals’ Strategic Priorities, established by the Principals Committee of the National Security Council and informed by preparedness data from jurisdictions across the nation. FEMA's National Exercise Division administers the NEP on behalf of the federal government, facilitating the design, coordination, conduct, evaluation and analysis of NEP exercises.

Request Exercise Support through the National Exercise Program

The NEP accepts requests for exercise support twice a year from state, local, tribal, and territorial jurisdictions. Support requests are only reviewed after the submission deadline.

RoundSubmission DeadlineDecisions Sent By
Fall 2021 RoundNovember 1, 2021December 10, 2021
Spring 2022 Round*April 1, 2022May 3, 2022
Fall 2022 Round*November 1, 2022December 9, 2022

*Dates subject to change

How to Request Exercise Support

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  1. Download and Complete the Exercise Nomination Form  – The NEP Exercise Nomination Form is an Adobe PDF file that can be saved and revised by sponsoring organizations as needed until ready to submit.
  2. Contact your Regional Exercise Officer and express intent to submit an exercise to the NEP, so they can maintain visibility on requests across their region.
  3. Submit the Exercise Nomination Form – All completed exercise nomination forms and required supporting documentation must be emailed by the submission deadline. Please include “National Exercise Program Exercise Support Request” in the email subject line.

Eligibility Requirements

State, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) jurisdictions are eligible to submit requests for exercise support. Non-profit, private sector, and federal entities can submit requests on the condition that they collaborate with SLTT partners as a co-sponsor or on their exercise planning team.

To be eligible for support, sponsors must meet the following criteria:

  • Align exercise to at least one of the Principals’ Strategic Priorities (PSP) in the current NEP cycle.
  • Submit all required supporting documentation with their Fall 2021 Nomination Form:
    • All sponsors must submit documentation of plans or corrective actions that the exercise will validate (e.g., completed plans, draft plans, After-Action Report/Improvement Plan, Integrated Preparedness Plan).
    • Sponsors that have previously received support from the National Exercise Division must submit Improvement Plans or other documentation of progress made on improvements since the previous exercise(s).
  • Confirm that the sponsor has reached out to the appropriate FEMA Regional Exercise Officer.

How the National Exercise Program Works

State, local, tribal, territorial and other whole community partners can receive technical assistance and support for exercises at no cost from experienced exercise specialists in the National Exercise Division.

Support could include assistance with exercise design, scenario development, planning, conduct, and evaluation in the form of subject-matter expertise, material production, or facilitation for selected exercises.

Exercises are selected for the NEP based on their alignment to the Principals’ Strategic Priorities for each two-year cycle set by the National Security Council and resource availability.

Exercises in the NEP contribute evaluation data to the National Preparedness System to provide a clearer picture of the nation's readiness, such as through the National Preparedness Report.

As a culmination of each NEP cycle, the National Exercise Division leads a biennial National Level Exercise that builds off of exercises and other preparedness activities conducted during the cycle.

Policy and Resources

National Exercise Program Base Plan: Outlines the authorities, governance and concept of operations that provide the foundation for the NEP.

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For further questions, please see our FAQs or email NEP@fema.dhs.gov

FEMA’s Regional Exercise Officers

RegionRegional Exercise OfficersStates / Territories
Region 01Kerri-Ann TirrellConnecticut, Maine,
Massachusetts, New
Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont
Region 02Chris CammarataNew Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands
Region 03Patricia GardnerDelaware, Maryland,
Pennsylvania, Virginia, District of Columbia and West Virginia
Region 04Neil AndersonAlabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North
Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee
Region 05Marc ChmielewskiIllinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin
Region 06Justin BreedingArkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas
Region 07John BissenIowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska
Region 08Andrew BattenColorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming
Region 09Geoffrey KruegerArizona, California, Hawaii,
Nevada, Guam, American Samoa, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands , Republic of
Marshall Islands and Federated States of Micronesia
Region 10Casey BroomAlaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington