Training and exercising

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Campaign: General Preparedness

Regular training and exercising is needed at all levels - government, volunteers, and community. Having people involved once a year or so, is not enough - we need to find a way to make things more available, online as well as hands on to keep people up on their skills and keep them interested.

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  1. Comment
    Frank Austin

    Include members of vulnerable communities to represent members of vulnerable communities. Keep it real!

  2. Comment
    Richard Hildreth

    I agree that communities should be doing more in the Trainig and Exercise arena. In my community we are doing 2 (HSEEP Compliant) exercises per year with training in between. But realisticly the only way we can afford to do that is the fact I am a MEP and an ICS Instructor.

    We need to find better ways to help small communities and community organizations fund and facilitate a regular exercise program

  3. Comment
    Joe Legee

    Maine CDC has developed a short and sweet guide on HSEEP Compliance and exercise design that can be found on LLIS by searching for "HSEEP Compliance Guide"

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    Peter Grandgeorge

    HSEEP and Capabilities-based Planning are effectively killing local-level training and exercise.

    My local fire department - 21 volunteer members - has much more productive things to do than attempt to research how they fit into Response Area-X and TCL task number 2.255.

    Asking over-stretched real response assets to develop an 30-page exercise guide, a master scenario events list and then write a 60-page report for an exercise with 20 manhours of on-the-ground play but 120 hours of development time is folly.

    HSEEP may be "guidelines" but tell that to those agencies who get audited.

    Drop HSEEP and Capabilities-based Planning.

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    Joseph Immermann

    HSEEP can be cumbersome and should be more scalable, but we have to have a common means of measuring drill effectiveness, one that links Public Health, Healthcare and HSEM. We have to make sure we are logging and measuring what we drill so we can fix what is broken. There are so many cases where people drill, discuss the drill, and then go home and come back a year later and do everything exactly the same all over again.

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    Richard Hildreth

    Most of the negative comments that I have seen concerning HSEEP have been from individuals or groups that focus on only one or two disiplines.

    As you build more complex exercises that involve many differnt disiplines it is a very effective tool. but like every tool, you need to take the time to learn how to use it effectivly.

    A more scaled down version could work well for single diciplines such as Fire or Law Enforcement. Just as ICS Was made to be expandable or contractable as needed, maybe it would work for HSEEP