Emergency Management Preparedness Grant (EMPG)
Recipients of EMPG funding are required to ensure that all EMPG funded personnel actively participate in three (3) exercises during a calendar year.
The State requires that all EMPG funded personnel must participate in no less than two (2) discussion-based exercises (seminar, workshop, table-top, game) and one (1) operations-based exercise (drill, functional, full-scale) per calendar year. In keeping with maintaining a progressive exercise program, all EMPG funded personnel are required to participate in a full-scale exercise a minimum of once every three (3) years. Jurisdictions must identify planned quarterly activity to meet these requirements on the current year EMPG application.
Recipients of EMPG funding are also required to conduct or participate in an annual Training and Exercise Plan Workshop (TEPW). At a minimum, jurisdictions should maintain a local Training and Exercise Plan (TEP) that addresses compliance with EMPG training and exercise requirements.
EXERCISE DESCRIPTION BY TYPE
(from HSEEP Vol. I)
Discussion-based exercises are normally used as a starting point in the building-block approach to the cycle, mix, and range of exercises. Discussion-based exercises include seminars, workshops, tabletop exercises, and games. These types of exercises typically highlight existing plans, policies, mutual aid agreements (MAAs), and procedures, and are exceptional tools to familiarize agencies and personnel with an entity’s current or expected capabilities. Discussion-based exercises typically focus on strategic, policy-oriented issues, whereas operations-based exercises tend to focus more on tactical, response-related issues. Facilitators and/or presenters usually lead the discussion and keep participants on tract to meet exercise objectives.
Types of Discussion-Based Exercises
Tabletop Exercise (Meets EMPG Requirement)
Operations-based exercises are a category of exercises characterized by actual response, mobilization of apparatus and resources, and commitment of personnel, usually held over an extended period of time. Operations-based exercises can be used to validate plans, policies, agreements, and procedures. They include drills, functional exercises and full scale exercises. They can clarify roles and responsibilities, identify gaps in resources needed to implement plans and procedures, and improve individual and team performance. (Note: These exercises often follow after, and validate, the lessons learned from discussion—based exercises.)
Types of Operations-Based Exercises
Functional Exercise (Meets EMPG Requirement)
Full Scale Exercise (Meets EMPG Requirement)