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FEMA's Virtual Exercises

Information on FEMA's National Exercise Program

From a news release:

"FEMA Virtual Tabletop Exercises (VTTX). The VTTX program is designed for a 'community-based' group (not individual participation) of at least five or more personnel from local or State emergency management organizations with representation from all emergency management disciplines - public safety, public works, public health, health care, government, administrative, communications, military, private sector, non-governmental, and critical stress professionals. 

"FEMA is accepting nominations for exercise support as part of the National Exercise Program (NEP) Spring Nomination Round, with nominations due by April 1. After the nomination deadline, NED will review all nominations received and issue support decisions by May 3. For sponsors not ready to submit nominations at this time, FEMA will offer additional nomination rounds in Fall 2021 and Spring 2022.

"Please join us for National Exercise Program (NEP) Spring Nomination Round Webinars. To assist our partners in preparing nomination packages, the 60-minute webinars, hosted by the National Exercise Division (NED), will include the following discussion points:

  • Nomination process overview;
  • Benefits of nominating an exercise to the NEP;
  • Exercise support within a COVID-19 environment and best practices for virtual exercises; and
  • Approved 2021─2022 Principals’ Strategic Priorities (PSP).
"To register, visit the NEP Webinar page. The webinars will be held on the following dates:

  • Webinar 2: 4:00 pm ET Feb. 25
  • Webinar 3: 2:00 pm ET March 11
"All NEP nomination webinars cover the same content. If you have any questions in advance of the webinar, please reach out to NEP@fema.dhs.gov. We look forward to having you join us.

"National Exercise Division | National Exercise Program | NEP@fema.dhs.gov  | www.fema.gov/nep"

Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management.
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