EMPG Exercise Resources

EMPG Exercise Resources

EMPG Exercise Resources

Programmatic information can be found on the EMPG page.

FY 2021 Local EMPG Exercise Guidance

Exercise Requirements

  1. Conduct an annual Integrated Preparedness Workshop and develop an Integrated Preparedness Plan (IPP).
  2. Conduct any number of exercises addressing any four of the thirty-two core capabilities.
  3. Conduct at least one full-scale exercise every three years.
  4. Submit the IPP, AAR or AAR/IP to the Exercise Unit within 90 days after conduct.

EMPG jurisdictions are encouraged to participate in TDEM-sponsored Regional Exercises to fulfill exercise credit requirements. Contact your TDEM District Coordinator for further information on dates and times.

EMPG funded jurisdiction can earn exercise credit by submitting:

  • Exercise Summary Reports for conducted Seminars and Workshops (templates below)
  • After-Action Reports and Improvement Plans for Special Event Planning, Games, Tabletop, Functional, and Full-scale Exercises (templates below)
  • After-Action Reports and Improvement Plans for Real-World Incidents (RWI) may include
    • 2020 COVID-19 Response
      • Initial Lock-down
      • Testing site operations
      • Evacuation during pandemic
      • Running distribution sites
      • And others (focus on an event that was important to the jurisdiction)
      • Important: While the pandemic will be with us for some time to come, pick a start and end date the report covers.
    • 2021 COVID Response
      • Vaccination site operations
      • Distribution site operations
      • Test site operations
      • Drive-thru centers
      • And others focusing on an event that was important to the jurisdiction
    • Other Real-World Incident Responses to
      • Hurricanes
      • Damaging Storms/Tornadoes
      • Flooding
      • And others
  • Real-World Incident After-Action Report templates can be found at https://tdem.texas.gov/real-world-incident-documentation/.
  • Real-World Incident credit will be given if the incidents had great impact on the community. This could be in form of extensive physical damage or financial / economic impact with a long recovery period, but also grave psychological trauma following a mass casualty incident. (Examples: 2011 Bastrop Fire, 2017 Hurricane Harvey, 2019 El Paso Walmart Shooting)

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

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.