To support and enhance the state’s preparedness by helping communities and state agencies implement a self-sustaining exercise program that improves their ability to prevent, respond to and recover from disasters.

COVID-19 Impact Update
The Exercise Unit has postponed all regional exercises for the next 60 days, through May 15. At that time we will reassess the situation.
Regular services provided by the exercise team continue uninterrupted.

For EMPG-funder jurisdictions: If you scheduled a full-scale exercise during this critical time, you may substitute you COVID response for the exercise if it meets full-scale criteria. Please see the 2020 EMPG guidance for directions. If you are postponing exercises, please notify us via email at TDEM.Exercises@tdem.texas.gov.

Any questions, please contact us.


TDEM designs, conducts, coordinates and evaluates emergency exercises at all levels and with a wide range of partners. TDEM also supports and monitors local compliance with Emergency Management Program Grant (EMPG) exercise requirements.

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.

Emergency Management Institute (EMI) Virtual Tabletop Exercise Series (VTTX)

All About Exercises

Training and Exercise Planning Workshops

Exercise Reporting Information and Forms



Sabine Gumm, Unit Supervisor
(512) 424-2447