Type: Planning and Response
Year of Publishing: 2017
Description: This is a link to FEMA's page dedicated to emergency preparedness exercises and the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP). The CMS Emerg. Preparedness Rule includes requirements for providers to conduct training and testing of their emergency plans and procedures, and mentions HSEEP as a resource (there is not a requirement to use HSEEP - it is mentioned as a resource only). Providers may find HSEEP's doctrines and principles helpful in developing training and exercises required by CMS. HSEEP provides a set of guiding principles for exercise programs, as well as a common approach to exercise program management, design and development, conduct, evaluation, and improvement planning. Exercises are a key component of national preparedness—they provide elected and appointed officials and stakeholders from across the whole community with the opportunity to shape planning, assess and validate capabilities, and address areas for improvement.