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EM 130 Exercise Evaluation Course
The goal of this course is to provide participants with an understanding of the need for exercise evaluation and the available methodologies for evaluation. It will provide the base for evaluation of multi-hazard, multi-jurisdictional exercises in which State and local governments participate. The focus will be on the evaluation process to serve the needs of individuals who manage the exercise evaluation function in the field of emergency management.
At the end of the Exercise Evaluation course, participants will be able to do the following:
1. Describe the need for a systematic approach to exercise evaluation;
2. List the key steps in identifying and organizing an effective exercise evaluation team;
3. Summarize the components of the exercise evaluation package and the process for evaluator team orientation and training;
4. Describe and/or demonstrate skills required during the evaluation of an exercise;
5. Describe and/or demonstrate key post-exercise evaluation activities; and
6. Identify the key tasks in each of the three phases of the exercise evaluation process.
For an emergency management system to be effective, it is critical that the personnel, plans, procedures, facilities, and equipment be exercised and tested on a regular basis--yet no amount of exercising will be constructive unless each exercise is followed by a structured evaluation that allows the emergency management organization to identify successes and/or corrective actions that need to be taken to ensure an improved real-world response capability. A systematic exercise and exercise evaluation program is the primary means by which Federal, State, and local emergency managers can (1) validate the effectiveness of their emergency programs, (2) determine whether program changes are being appropriately implemented, (3) evaluate the preparedness capability to respond to and recover from emergencies of all sizes, regardless of cause, (4) identify those corrective actions that require additional emphasis or improvement (such as planning, training, equipment, facilities, or personnel) for short- and long-term planning, and (5) provide annual summary data on emergency management exercises nationwide that can be used for improved exercise design and evaluation techniques.
The generic Exercise Evaluation course is designed to provide State and local emergency managers with a structure and guidelines that can be adapted for use in developing and implementing a system for evaluating exercises.
The course includes
one unit of instruction that focuses on evaluation. The need for a comprehensive,
in-depth course on the exercise evaluation function has been demonstrated
at the State/local levels of government by organizations that have added
plans of instruction and modules that focus on the exercise evaluation
This course is intended for anyone with substantial involvement in emergency operations who will be responsible for managing the evaluation function in emergency management exercises. It is recommended for those with responsibilities in State/local exercise programs, including emergency program managers, exercise training officers, and emergency services officials in the public and private sectors.
This course was released by FEMA May 1997 with a 2002 Hazardous Materials Exercise Evaluation Supplement update. The course will take approximately 14 hours to complete. There are 11 units and two supporting manuals with appendices in three files associated with this course. The course files are less than one megabyte for the benefit of low bandwidth (14.4 and 28.8 modem) users. The naming protocol is EM130.exe, EM130_HMEEManual.pdf, and EM130_HMEEManual2000.pdf. Graphics may not be optimum in these documents due to originals and file size considerations.
Upon receiving your paid registration, we will send you the password to open these. We recommend you print out the pages as you need them and keep them as a paper reference.
The test is submitted online. When you pass the test, you will be mailed a certificate of completion.
The final exam is 20 questions taken from the reading material. You may use any of the materials while taking the test.
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