EMPG Exercise Resources

EMPG Exercise Resources

EMPG Exercise Resources

Programmatic information can be found on the EMPG page.

FY 2020 Local EMPG Exercise Guidance

Exercise Requirements

  1. Conduct an annual Integrated Preparedness Planning Workshop (IPPW) (formerly known as the Training and Exercise Planning Workshop) with the whole community to develop a 3-year Integrated Preparedness Plan (IPP).
  2. In any given year, conduct and evaluate as many or as few exercises, both discussion-based and operations-based, to address any three (3) core capabilities within any of the designated Priority Areas:
    • Catastrophic Disaster Housing
    • Cybersecurity
    • Disaster Financial Management
    • Evacuation Plan/Annex
    • Logistics – Distribution Management Planning
    • Crossover
  3. Conduct and evaluate a Full-scale Exercise at least once every three (3) years, addressing at minimum two (2) Priority Core Capabilities and two (2) other Core Capabilities for a total of four (4).

An actual, Real-World Incident response maybe credited to the jurisdiction as an operational exercise credit. In addition to the full-scale exercise requirements, the After-Action Report and Improvement Plan should include documentation that a minimum of three (3) of the following conditions were met during the incident response.

  1. The jurisdiction’s chief elected official or a designated representative, identified in the jurisdiction’s emergency management plan participated;
  2. At a minimum, four (4) Core Capabilities were evaluated (addressing at least one (1) of the Priority Core Capabilities);
  3. A declaration of local disaster was issued; and
  4. The emergency response involved resources from outside the jurisdiction.

A large-scale Real-World Incident may substitute for the triennial full-scale exercise on a case by case basis.

Further guidance concerning AAR/IP formatting can be obtained from the Exercise Unit.

Integrated Preparedness Planning Workshop (IPPW) (formerly Training and Exercise Planning Workshop TEPW)

IPP information can be found on the here.

Please submit your Exercise Notification by using the form posted on Preparing Texas.

Fulfilling the EMPG Cybersecurity Requirement

Texas Cybersecurity Seminar for EMPG-funded Jurisdictions

The Texas Division of Emergency Management presents this Cybersecurity Seminar video, created from interviews with Danny Miller, the Cybersecurity Information Security Officer (CISO) for the Texas A&M University System (TAMUS) and Andy Bennett Deputy CISO for the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR).

Local jurisdictions can fulfill their FY-2020 EMPG requirement to exercise the Cybersecurity Core Capability.

In order to receive the 2020 Cybersecurity exercise credit, please conduct this seminar locally. This can be done in-person following social distancing guidelines or virtually. Please keep it safe for your participants.

Invite community leadership, cybersecurity professionals, volunteer agencies and any other group involved in your community’s cybersecurity. This will vary from community to community.

We recommend downloading the Incident Response Template from the DIR website for use during the seminar and as a future reference guide. Training is also available through DIR and TAMUS.

Jurisdictions can access the video using this link Cybersecurity Seminar. The video is also available on YouTube.

During your seminar, view the video and have a discussion as it pertains to your jurisdiction. We created a Cybersecurity Summary Report template (attached) that can be used to document your discussion and findings. Fill in the report and submit it to the Exercise Unit.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Fulfilling the EMPG Recovery Housing Requirement

Texas Recovery Housing Seminar for EMPG-funded Jurisdictions  In coordination with the Texas General Land Office, TDEM has developed this seminar for jurisdictions so that they can meet EMPG requirement to exercise the Housing Core Capability. Use the Seminar Summary Report template to guide the discussion after the seminar. Fill in the report and submit it to the Exercise Unit.