NCMR is able to develop and deliver exercises for any organization. We will customize these exercises to meet your requirements. This can include a stand alone exercise or an integrated on-line and hands-on training event. All of our exercises are constructed to conform with the Homeland Security Exercise & Evaluation Program (HSEEP) standards. We can provide assist to include Exercise Program Management, Exercise Design and Development, Exercise Conduct, Evaluation, and Improvement Planning.
Discussion-Based Exercises. Discussion-based exercises include seminars, workshops, tabletop exercises (TTXs), and games. These types of exercises can be used to familiarize players with, or develop new, plans, policies, agreements, and procedures. Discussion-based exercises focus on strategic, policy-oriented issues. Facilitators and/or presenters usually lead the discussion, keeping participants on track toward meeting exercise objectives.
Seminars generally orient participants to, or provide an overview of, authorities, strategies, plans, policies, procedures, protocols, resources, concepts, and ideas. As a discussion-based exercise, seminars can be valuable for entities that are developing or making major changes to existing plans or procedures. Seminars can be similarly helpful when attempting to assess or gain awareness of the capabilities of interagency or inter-jurisdictional operations.
Although similar to seminars, workshops differ in two important aspects: participant interaction is increased, and the focus is placed on achieving or building a product. Effective workshops entail the broadest attendance by relevant stakeholders.
Products produced from a workshop can include new standing operating procedures (SOPs), emergency operations plans, continuity of operations plans, or mutual aid agreements. To be effective, workshops should have clearly defined objectives, products, or goals, and should focus on a specific issue.
Operations Based Exercises
Operations-based exercises include drills, functional exercises (FEs), and full-scale exercises (FSEs). These exercises can be used to validate plans, policies, agreements, and procedures; clarify roles and responsibilities; and identify resource gaps. Operations-based exercises are characterized by actual reaction to an exercise scenario, such as initiating communications or mobilizing personnel and resources.
NCMR can conduct exercises at our Calamityville® Training Laboratory in Fairborn, Ohio, or we can bring the training to your location.
Exercise examples include, but are not limited to:
- Mass Casualty
- Mass Fatality
- Command Post Exercises (CPX)
- Search & Rescue
- Collision Environments