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  • CLOSING MARCH 1 | 2024 National Exercise Program (NEP) Applications: Applications are open until March 1 to receive support for exercise events being hosted through February 2025. Review the NEP Page, attend an upcoming webinar, and reach out to your OEM Regional Coordinator and/or the OEM Exercise Program for support developing an application!

  • New Exercise Starter Kits: FEMA National Exercise Division developed 10 new Exercise Starter Kits for the 2023-2026 National Exercise Program Principals’ Exercise Priorities. The new kits are now available in the Emergency Management Toolkit section of the Preparedness Toolkit. Each kit contains a sample exercise facilitator and evaluator guide, sample conduct slides, a sample situation manual and a customizable placemat. 

    By providing these materials, FEMA hopes to engage emergency managers and exercise planners who need support developing their own exercise events.

Exercises play a vital role in national preparedness by enabling whole community stakeholders to test and validate plans and capabilities, and identify both capability gaps and areas for improvement. A well-designed exercise provides a low-risk environment to test capabilities, familiarize personnel with roles and responsibilities, and foster meaningful interaction and communication across organizations. Exercises bring together and strengthen the whole community in its efforts to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to and recover from all hazards. Overall, exercises are cost-effective and useful tools that help the nation practice and refine our collective capacity to achieve the core capabilities in the National Preparedness Goal.

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The exercise program in Oregon follows the federal Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) model and is intended to provide a solid base for state, local, and tribal partners to evaluate their policies, plans, and procedures, as well as meet the requirements of the Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) and the Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP).

Your Exercise Program should be tightly linked to your Training Program. For information about training, please see our State Training Program

Information on HSEEP, including current templates can be found on FEMA Prep Toolkit Website:

For a list of related State Exercise Program forms and templates, click here.

Exercise reporting requirements for the State of Oregon are specified in the following documents.​

Emergency Management Exercise and Actual Occurrence Report (EMER) Virtual Form. ​This form is offered as an alternative to the word document format. Follow this link to access a Microsoft Forms survey that mirrors the traditional form. Be advised that there is not an option to pause the completion of this form. An incorrectly completed or an incomplete form will require the submitter to resubmit the form in its entirety​.

Click here to view the virtual version of the EMER form.​​

Click here to view the MS Word version of the EMER form.​
 EMER Guidance Document. This guidance document is for state, county, local and tribal emergency management practitioners who have either developed and conducted exercises or are leveraging applicable real-world events or actual occurrences for Oregon exercise requirements per federal grant funding and state statutes. Both Actual Occurrences and exercises can be reported using the EMER form

​Exercises conducted to fulfill HSGP requirements require a full After-Action Report and Improvement Plan (AAR/IP). See our 2020 Oregon Wildfires & Straight-Line Winds State Recovery Function AAR for an example. 

Click here to view the EMER Guidance Document

The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) conducts a monthly series of Virtual Table Top Exercises (VTTX) using a video teleconference platform to reach community based training audiences around the country and provide a virtual forum for disaster training. The VTTX process involves key personnel from the emergency management community of practice reviewing a pre-packaged set of exercise materials then convening for a four hour table top exercise discussing a simulated disaster scenario. The event allows the connected sites to assess current plans, policies and procedures while learning from the other connected sites as they provide their perspective and practices facing a similar situation. A standard VTC system is required for participation.​

See EMI's VTTX Webpage here for more information:

The National Exercise Program (NEP) serves as the principal mechanism for examining the preparedness and readiness of the United States across the entire homeland security and management enterprise. The purpose of the NEP is to design, coordinate, conduct, and evaluate exercises that rigorously test the Nation’s ability to perform missions and functions that prevent, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. As a component of the National Preparedness System, the NEP provides a consistent method to examine and validate federal and whole community partner core capabilities, which in turn indicate the Nation’s progress in reaching the National Preparedness Goal (Goal).

Each Program cycle consists of a two-year, progressive schedule of exercises that are selected based on their support to the Goal, and the Program’s Principals’ Objectives. The types of exercises selected into the program may include facilitated policy discussions, seminars and workshops, tabletop exercises, modeling and simulation, drills, functional exercises, and full-scale exercises. All of which may be sponsored by organizations from any level of government, non-governmental and private sector, and the whole community.

The National Exercise Program also provides contractor support, free of charge, to assist in development, conduct, and documentation your exercise. It does not provide additional funding to cover other exercise expenses.​

For more information on National Exercise Program, click here.


Robert Quinn, CEM, MEP
State Exercise Officer
971-345 -7698

Zachary Glenn
Exercise Specialist

For general questions, contact: 

Quarterly Exercises

OEM hosts quarterly exercise events to provide State ECC staff and statewide emergency response partners the opportunity to practice together on a regular basis.

Robert Quinn
1 hour, 30 minutes, 51 seconds
Recording Link
Click here
Supplemental Materials

IronOR 24 State-Level Exercise (SLE)

This four-day functional exercise will bring state, local and tribal, public, private and non-profit partners together throughout Oregon to practice our collective capabilities to response within a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake scenario.

Date: Monday Oct. 28, 2024 - Thursday Oct. 31, 2024

ArcGIS Storyboard:

Robert Quinn
1 hour
Recording Link
Click here
Supplemental Materials

Preparedness Toolkit (PrepToolkit) Virtual Learning Series

The National Exercise Division will host instructor led PrepToolkit Virtual Learning Series that will guide attendees through the various functions of building, conducting, and evaluating an exercise in PrepToolkit. Attendees will need to register join the virtual 
sessions. Registration will be limited to 15 attendees per session.

2024 Quarter 1 Schedule
Series 30: Monday, January 8th 2024 -  Monday, January 24th, 2024
Series 31: Tuesday, February 13th 2024 - Thursday, February 22nd 2024
Series 32: Tuesday, March 5th, 2024 - Thursday, March 14th, 2024

*Eastern Standard Time (EST) used in handout