Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) 2013


The Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) doctrine consists of fundamental principles that frame a common approach to exercises. Applying these principles to both the management of an exercise program and the execution of individual exercises is critical to the effective examination of capabilities.

  • Guided by elected and appointed officials
  • Capability-based, objective driven
  • Progressive planning approach
  • Whole community integration
  • Informed by risk
  • Common methodology


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Exercise Program Management

An effective exercise program is an essential component of our national preparedness as it validates plans, tests operational capabilities, maintains leadership effectiveness, and examines ways we utilize the whole community.  Exercise program management involves a collaborative approach that integrates resources, organizations, and individuals in order to identify and achieve program priorities.


Exercise Design and Development

Key factors drive the exercise design and development process.  Exercise practitioners use the intent and guidance of their elected and appointed officials and the exercise program priorities to shape the key concepts and planning considerations for exercises. In designing and developing individual exercises, exercise planning team members are identified to schedule planning meetings, identify and develop exercise objectives, design the scenario, create documentation, plan exercise conduct and evaluation, and coordinate logistics.


Exercise Conduct

Exercise conduct involves activities essential to conducting exercises such as preparing for exercise play, managing exercise play, and conducting immediate exercise wrap-up activities. Throughout these efforts, the engagement of elected and appointed officials by practitioners will ensure that the exercise is addressing the guidance and intent of officials.


Exercise Evaluation

Exercise evaluation is the cornerstone of an exercise maintains the functional link between exercise and improvement planning.  Through exercise evaluation, organizations assess the capabilities needed to accomplish a mission, function, or objective.  Effective exercise evaluation involves planning for exercise evaluation, observing and collecting data during exercise conduct, analyzing data, and reporting exercise outcomes.

FEMA Core Capabilities: http://www.fema.gov/pdf/prepared/npg.pdf



Improvement Planning

Exercises afford organizations the opportunity to evaluate capabilities and assess progress toward meeting capability targets in a controlled, low-risk setting.  An effective corrective action program develops improvement plans that are dynamic documents, with corrective actions continually monitored and implemented as part of improving preparedness.


Exercise Evaluation Guides (EEGs)