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Exercises play a vital role in national preparedness by enabling whole community stakeholders to test and validate plans and capabilities, and identify both capability gaps and areas for improvement. A well-designed exercise provides a low-risk environment to test capabilities, familiarize personnel with roles and responsibilities, and foster meaningful interaction and communication across organizations. Exercises bring together and strengthen the whole community in its efforts to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to and recover from all hazards. Overall, exercises are cost-effective and useful tools that help the nation practice and refine our collective capacity to achieve the core capabilities in the National Preparedness Goal.

The Hawaii Office of Homeland Security utilizes the national Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) as a foundational guide in development of its exercise templates and sponsored exercises. HSSEP is a capabilities and performance-based exercise program that provides a standardized methodology and terminology for exercise design, development, conduct, evaluation, and improvement planning.

Exercise Design and Development Reference Materials

Office of Homeland Security Table-Top Toolkit

Contact OHS’s Plans and Operations Branch Chief  at jimmie.l.[email protected] for additional information and opportunities. 

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