Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP), Volume I: HSEEP Overview and Exercise Program Management [March 2006] [open pdf - 2MB]
"Following the domestic terrorist attacks in 1995 and 2001 and the establishment of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in 2002, homeland security professionals at all levels of government and in all types of communities have prepared to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from a variety of threats to public safety. Exercises play a crucial role in preparedness, providing opportunities for emergency responders and homeland security officials to practice and assess their collective capabilities. The DHS Preparedness Directorate's Office of Grants and Training (G&T)- formerly the Office for Domestic Preparedness- is responsible for updating and disseminating the HSEEP reference volumes on behalf of DHS. The purpose of the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) is to provide common exercise policy and program guidance that constitutes a national standard for homeland security exercises. HSEEP includes consistent terminology that can be used by all exercise planners, regardless of the nature and composition of their sponsoring agency or organization. The volumes also provide tools to help exercise managers plan, conduct, and evaluate exercises to improve overall preparedness. HSEEP reflects lessons learned and best practices of existing exercise programs and can be adapted to a variety of scenarios and incidents (e.g., natural disasters, terrorism, technological disasters). The HSEEP reference volumes integrate language and concepts from the National Response Plan (NRP), the National Incident Management System (NIMS), the National Preparedness Goal, the Universal Task List (UTL), the Target Capabilities List (TCL), existing exercise programs, and prevention and response protocols from all levels of government. In the spirit of NIMS, all efforts should be made to ensure consistent use of the terminology and processes described in HSEEP."
Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program: http://www.hseep.dhs.gov