Exercises

Exercises are conducted primarily to validate plans and procedures, while also serving to enhance capabilities and improve performance through staff exposure and practice. Properly designed and evaluated exercises support advancements in preparedness through a safe, no-fault environment.

Exercises can be designed to engage:

  • Executive leadership
  • Senior staff
  • Field staff
  • Tactical teams

We provide services and resources including:

  • Controllers, evaluators, and facilitators
  • Moulage
  • HSEEP-consistent exercise documents such as ExPlans, SitMans, Player Handouts, and After-Action Reports
  • Logistical and administrative support
  • Online registration

Emergency Preparedness Solutions™® offers thoughtful and experienced exercise design, conduct, and evaluation using the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation.

Program (HSEEP) model for all types of exercises including:


  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Table-tops
  • Games
  • Drills
  • Functional
  • Full Scale

If you don't know where to start, a tabletop exercise is probably the answer. Our professionally designed and facilitated tabletop exercises will help your organization or jurisdiction identify key strengths and areas for improvement. For organizations looking to walk before they run, we've found incredible success with hybridized tabletop/functional exercises, combining the benefits of both types into one experience. These are great for personnel who are new to their roles - especially in EOCs - allowing a mix of talking through problems in a facilitated environment paired with actually engaging in the processes and procedures they need to learn.

Associated with our exercise services, EPS offers Training and Exercise Planning Workshops (TEPWs), Integrated Preparedness Planning Workshops (IPPWs), creation of After Action Reports (AARs) for both exercises and real-world incidents and events, and formulates Corrective Action Plans (CAPs). We provide expert personnel to control, facilitate, and evaluate exercises.

Our staff has extensive experience in specialized exercise services, having worked with National Guard resources, such as CERF-P, HRF, and CST; as well as direct experience integrating state and local government into the design and management of Vigilant Guard exercises. We also support airport emergency preparedness through emergency management training and exercises in accordance with Part 139 requirements; and have expertise in the design and conduct of exercises utilizing the Emergency Management Staff Trainer (EMST) family of exercise platforms, including the Transportation Emergency Response Application (TERA) for airports, transit, and rail.

Client Testimonial

Emergency Preparedness Solutions did a fantastic job for the Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) through their expertise in emergency management operations and training, their thoroughness in approach to all tasks, ability to communicate effectively to all stakeholders, and their project management abilities. EPS was contracted to update and field-test EOC training scenarios for the airport community. They developed a comprehensive plan for achieving the objectives, executed the plan efficiently, and were nimble in response to the findings of their research. This has resulted in the airport industry now having an EOC exercise and training tool that is based on sound learning objectives and appropriately validated by experts within the industry. I wouldn't hesitate to work with the EPS team again.

Marci Greenberger, Senior Program Officer

Transportation Research Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine