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
- The HSEEP templates and the HSEEP training course are currently being updated to reflect the new doctrine. Please continue to monitor this page for release date information.
- Due to the on-going COVID-19 response, we will be postponing any future Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) webinars. We do not want to distract from the response efforts that are taking place. Please continue to monitor this page for information about any future webinars and updates concerning HSEEP.