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Why Exercise?

A successful hospital, healthcare or public health delivery exercise program increases competence in emergency response and recovery functions. Exercises allow hospital, healthcare, public health and other business personnel to train and practice prevention, protection, response and recovery operations in a risk-free environment and often serve to increase staff awareness and joint team interaction of emergency preparedness planning efforts. While serving as a valuable tool for assessing and improving individual performance, exercises concurrently allow organizations to identify gaps in resources and coordination, planning deficiencies and vulnerabilities, which then can be addressed prior to a real-world incident.

The Yale New Haven Health System Center for Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response (YNHHS-CEPDR) can assist your organization or agency with establishing an exercise program that is compliant with The Joint Commission standards and Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) requirements. From the definition of clear exercise objectives to scenario design, evaluation and development of an After Action Report, YNHHS-CEPDR's HSEEP-certified exercise staff can fulfill all or part of your organization's exercise needs.

YNHHS-CEPDR can provide assistance with developing and implementing a comprehensive exercise program. YNHHS-CEPDR can also provide complete HSEEP-compliant drill and exercise support or individual components as needed for:

  • Planning conferences?
  • Development of exercise objectives
  • Development of exercise scenario and situation manual
  • Exercise facilitation
  • Exercise evaluation
  • Development of an After Action Report by subject matter experts
  • Coordination of After Action Conference and Corrective Action plans