Training and Exercise
The Washington Military Department is committed to its goal of minimizing the impact of disasters on our communities, property, economy and environment in Washington state. That means leading a comprehensive Training and Exercise program to ensure our first responders, emergency managers, government leaders, non-governmental partners, and private citizens have the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to perform key tasks when a disaster strikes. The Washington State Training and Exercise Plan 2019-2021 (PDF) provides a roadmap to accomplish this goal.
In-State Training Calendar
- Find and register for courses by using this link.
- Washington EMD Personnel Only: To access your existing account or to create a personal account, please click this link. All others: Once you click 'Apply' for a course from the calendar, choose the option that reads, 'Register Without an Account.' An account is not required for course registration unless you are a staff member of Washington EMD.
Online and Out-of-State Resident Training
- Online Independent Study Courses (External link)
- National Preparedness Course Catalog (External link)
- Oregon State Training Opportunities (External link)
- Idaho State Training Opportunities (External link)
- FEMA Region X Training Opportunities (External link)
- FEMA Nationwide Training Opportunities (External link)
- State Training Program Policies and Procedures
- How to Request Course Delivery
- Washington State Instructor Program
State Exercise Calendar
- Find dates by using this link. An account is not required for course registration unless you are a Washington EMD staff member.
- Washington EMD Personnel Only: To access your existing account or to create a personal account, please click this link.
- All others: Once you click "Apply" for a course from the calendar, choose the option that reads, "Register Without an Account."
- Online Training – Independent Study Courses
- Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP)
- Master Exercise Practitioner Program (MEPP)
- Integrated Emergency Management Courses (IEMC)
The State Training Program Document includes the Training Program goals and objectives, and associated activities; overview of program components; and details on:
- The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) Staff Training and Exercise Program
- Consortium and Emergency Management Institute (EMI) courses; how to apply
- Professional and Specialized EMI Programs
- Tribal Emergency Management courses
- Student conduct, attendance, and registration withdrawals
The State Training Program fills these requests on a needs basis, dependent on available resources. Emergency Managers should attend the yearly Training and Exercise Planning Workshop (external link) to coordinate courses requests with neighboring jurisdictions and the State Training Program.
Section 6 in the State Training Program Document provides the guidance to local jurisdictions and other emergency management stakeholders in the selection of qualified instructors to deliver preparedness training across the state. This guidance includes:
- Types of instructors
- Requirements to become an instructor
- Instructor conduct
- Requesting state instructor certification
- Course management and conduct
- Course close-out
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Independent Study courses provide a student with an understanding of procedures and terminology related to a comprehensive exercise program. Independent Study exercise courses include:
This course provides a comprehensive overview of exercise design along with practical skill development in accordance with the HSEEP Doctrine. This course is 1 of 10 prerequisite courses for the Master Exercise Practitioner Program (MEPP). Offered three ways:
- Webinar: K0146 HSEEP (click HERE to search for scheduled offerings)
- Resident at EMI: E0146 HSEEP (click HERE to search for scheduled offerings)
- Locally: L0146 HSEEP (click HERE to see offerings in Washington State)
MEPP is designed for mid-level exercise practitioners with a minimum of three (3) Years’ experience in an Emergency Management exercise design. Participants refine and practice skills critical to performing the phases of the HSEEP cycle, such as exercise program management, MSEL writing and evaluation data analysis. Candidates apply the key learning concepts from the MEPP curriculum relative to their organizations and their own jurisdictional environments.
For information on the program, visit: https://training.fema.gov/mepp/default.aspx
The Integrated Emergency Management Course is a four day, exercise-based training activity for Emergency Operations Center personnel to practice simulated, but realistic, crisis situations, within a structured learning environment. The IEMC combines classroom lectures, discussions, small-group planning sessions, and exercise-based training to expose participants to new ideas and increase their awareness of the coordination needed among other agencies and organizations. During IEMC exercises, participants are assigned roles equivalent to their actual position in the community EOC. For information on the program, visit: https://training.fema.gov/iemc/
Emergency Management Division staff is available to assist cities, counties, tribal entities and state agencies in the design, conduct, and evaluation of their exercises for all hazards. This assistance can be provided in the form of: planning conferences, workshops, site visits, technical review of exercise documents, exercise design, control, evaluation and State EOC exercise play.
The FEMA Preparedness Toolkit is an online portal that provides the whole community with tools to aid in implementing all six areas of the National Preparedness System. Along with the HSEEP Policy and Guidance, tools include templates for:
- Exercise Program Management
- Exercise Design and Development
- Exercise Conduct
- Exercise Evaluation
- Improvement Planning
- Exercise Evaluation Guides
For more information on HSEEP Policy and tools, visit: https://preptoolkit.fema.gov/web/hseep-resources/home
After-Action Reports (AARs) document the evaluation and analysis of tabletop, functional, and full-scale exercises. AARs include an overview of performance related to each exercise objective and associated core capabilities, while highlighting strengths and areas for improvement.
State Training Officer / State Training Program Supervisor
(253) 512-7056 | firstname.lastname@example.org
SAA / State Training Coordinator
(253) 512-7046 | email@example.com
SEOC Staff Training and Exercise Program Manager
(253) 512-7049 | firstname.lastname@example.org
State Exercise Program Manager
(253) 512-7040 | email@example.com
State Exercise Coordinator
(253) 512-7080 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Exercise Program Assistant
(253) 512-7060 | email@example.com