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EM 137 Exercise Program Manager/Management Course

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One Introduction

Two Overview of a Comprehensive Exercise Program

Three Developing a CEP Policy Statement

Four Developing a Multi-Year CEP Implementation

Five Developing and Managing CEP Resources

Six Developing and Managing a Correction Action Program

Seven Evaluating and Revising the CEP

Appendix A Exercise Definitions


  • Describe the course purpose and organization.
  • Given the results of exercises on improving response and recovery capability for specific disastrous events, determine the benefits of an exercise program.
  • Identify the advantages and disadvantages of the three major exercise types (tabletop, functional, and full-scale).
  • Using a model exercise program manager job description, develop a personal approach to the job of exercise program manager.
  • Using the FEMA CEP as a model, define the purpose, objectives, and components of an exercise program.
  • Use an exercise program management matrix to identify the critical tasks required to develop, implement, review, and revise an exercise program.
  • Conduct an exercise program needs assessment.
  • Develop the purpose, goals, objectives, and implementing strategies for a Comprehensive Exercise Program.
  • Develop a program advocacy support system for the comprehensive exercise program to include:
    • Maintaining effective inter-governmental relationships (horizontally and vertically) necessary to achieve exercise program goals and objectives.
    • Maintaining effective relationships with legislative bodies regarding authorities and appropriations necessary for a successful exercise program.
    • Maintaining an effective public relations program that emphasizes the value of exercises and arranging for media coverage of individual exercises.
    • Developing support and commitment from the CEO/elected officials for the exercise program and participation in individual exercises.
  • Demonstrate the ability to present the key components of an exercise program to elected officials/CEO and convince these officials of the importance of the exercise program in saving lives and property in the event of a disaster.
  • Develop a long-range (5 years or longer) exercise program plan that is risk-based and all-hazards, including the financial, personnel, equipment, and facilities requirements.
  • Develop a briefing to present the multi-year CEP implementation plan to program participants and advocacy groups.
  • Identify resources to implement the multi-year CEP plan and policy.
  • Identify financial and creative methods of acquiring CEP resources.
  • Identify five key elements of a corrective action program.
  • Develop strategies that will identify corrective actions and incorporate the corrective actions to improve the ability to accomplish the emergency management program objectives.
  • Identify indicators of an effective CEP and an ineffective CEP.
  • Using the indicators, assess the CEP to identify areas of improvement.
  • Discuss training purpose and objectives, major concepts of the course, key concepts and outcomes of the presentations and activities, and job aids received.


The Exercise Program Manager/Management course is designed to support the training of exercise program managers and personnel with the responsibility of exercise program management in federal, state, and local government and private sector organizations. The primary goal of the course is to improve the capability of organizations to design, develop, conduct, and evaluate exercises and to implement corrective actions. Optimally, the course will be offered as a capstone course of the CEC curriculum. Course participants need the knowledge and skills in the areas of design, development, conduct, and evaluation. Although all the CEC courses are important in developing knowledge and skills in the areas, one of particular importance is the Exercise Design and Development course, which provides training to exercise design and development team. This course provides an overview of the entire exercise design and development process.


Between 1989 and 1994 several major natural disasters costing billions of dollars occurred. Hurricane Hugo and the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989 both caused damage so extensive that resources in several states and localities were overwhelmed and federal disaster response was required. In 1992, hurricanes Andrew and Iniki struck. In the aftermath of these storms, questions were raised regarding the timeliness and effectiveness of the response. Several studies were conducted to examine the capabilities of the Federal, state, and local governments to respond quickly and effectively to major natural disasters. While specific conclusions and recommendations varied, a common thread running through the studies was the need to continuously and cooperatively improve the emergency response and recovery capabilities of federal, state, and local governments.Exercises are an excellent mechanism to achieve the goal of improving the response and recovery ability of Federal, State, and local government and the private sector. Exercises will identify areas that are proficient and areas that need improvement. These findings can then be used to revise the emergency operation plan and provide the basis for training to improve proficiency in executing emergency management functions.


"Lessons Learned" data base are part of the

a. multi-year schedule.
b. Corrective Action Program (CAP).
c. annual exercise report made to FEMA.
d. emergency program managers exercise evaluation.

There are two other types of events that many consider to be forms of exercises are really training activities, they are

a. Functional and Full-Scale exercises.
b. Tabletop and Drills.
c. Full-Scale and Simulations.
d. Orientation seminars and Drills.

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