Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP)


Federal Emergency Management Agency

  • Rebecca L. Siceloff
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • For Official Use Only
  • July 7, 2009

An Introduction to Exercises

  • Assess and validate policies, plans, procedures, training, equipment, assumptions, and interagency agreements
  • Clarify roles and responsibilities
  • Improve interagency coordination and communications
  • Identify gaps
  • Measure performance
  • Identify opportunities for improvement

Key Concept:
Exercises should be planned in a cycle that increases in complexity. Each successive exercise should build on the scale and experience of the previous exercise.

Tabletop Exercises
A tabletop exercise (TTX) involves senior staff, elected or appointed officials, or other key personnel in an informal group discussion centered on a hypothetical scenario.


  • Identify strengths and shortfalls
  • Enhance understanding of new concepts
  • Identify strengths and shortfalls

Conduct Characteristics

  • Requires an experienced facilitator
  • In-depth discussion
  • Slow-paced problem solving


Exercise coordination is done through the Multi-Year Training and Exercise Schedule. This schedule lays out a long-term schedule of planned and potential training dates and exercises.

The Multi-Year Training and Exercise Schedule is used to:

  • Avoid duplicating their efforts
  • Combine exercises and ensure the exercises don’t conflict
  • Combine training and ensure training does not conflict
  • Optimize and combine funding where possible
  • Prevent “over” training and exercising

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