The Washington Military Department is committed to its goal of minimizing the impact of disasters on our communities, property, economy and environment in Washington state. Included in the TEP 2015-2017 are the Training and Exercise forecasts, which provide a graphic illustration of the proposed activities, forecasted for the calendar years 2015-2017. The primary goals of the program are to fully integrate cybersecurity into statewide emergency planning, training, preparation, and response procedures to address the unique (and ever-increasing) risks and vulnerabilities that have surfaced as a result of society’s growing dependence on networked systems.
The Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program is a capabilities and performance-based exercise program providing a standardized methodology and terminology for exercise design, development, conduct, evaluation and improvement planning. This assistance can be provided in the form of: planning conferences, workshops, site visits, technical review of exercise documents, exercise design, control, evaluation and State EOC exercise play. A response to cyber catastrophe requires extensive collaboration and unity of effort throughout the entire emergency management cycle. The mission of the Washington Military Department’s Emergency Management Division (EMD) is to minimize the impact of emergencies and disasters on the people, property, environment, and economy of Washington State. The Division notifies and alerts state agencies and local governments of impending emergencies and disasters. At the EOC, information gathered is used by executives to make decisions concerning emergency actions and to identify and prioritize the use of state resources needed to respond to the emergency. Ocosta Elementary School in the coastal town of Westport is making history by constructing the first tsunami engineered vertical evacuation refuge in the United States. Washington State has adopted the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) as the state standard.

There are a variety of independent study and classroom training opportunities for exercise professionals. The Federal Emergency Management Agency Independent Study courses provide a student with an understanding of procedures and terminology related to a comprehensive exercise program. The MEPP goal is to increase the capabilities of participants in mastery of exercise program management and the overall exercise process in accordance with the policy, doctrine, practices, and tools in the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP). IEMCs are exercise-based training courses that place jurisdictions’ emergency operations center (EOC) personnel in realistic crisis situations within a structured learning environment.
Emergency Management Division staff is available to assist cities, counties, tribal entities and state agencies in the design, conduct, and evaluation of their exercises for all hazards. That means leading a comprehensive Training and Exercise program to ensure our first responders, emergency managers, government leaders, non-governmental partners, and private citizens have the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to perform key tasks when a disaster strikes. It is representative of the natural progression of training and exercises that take place in accordance with the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) Progressive Exercise Cycle approach. Policy: The Washington State Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) includes an Annex to specifically address response planning and a framework for significant cyber incidents. Additionally, cybersecurity has been updated as a core capability in all phases of emergency management planning and has been incorporated into the State Preparedness Report and the Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA).
Therefore, a key and foundational component of the Emergency Management cybersecurity program is outreach and development of meaningful and lasting partnerships. During state emergencies, EMD manages the State Emergency Operations Center located on Camp Murray, near Tacoma, and coordinates the response to ensure help is provided to those who need it quickly and effectively.

The EOC may issue emergency warnings or disseminate critical information and instructions to government personnel and the public who may need to take emergency protective actions.
The HSEEP Training Course is an interactive course that allows participants to share personal lessons learned and best practices while gaining practical experience. Significant outages or incidents can impact the entire region and failure to properly respond could be devastating to the people, property, environment and economy of Washington State. Exercises are then developed to reflect the hazards or events facing the jurisdiction, the type of EOC used by the jurisdiction, and the organizations included in the jurisdictional emergency plans. Other state agencies with emergency roles may come to the EOC to help coordinate the state response. Federal government agencies, along with state and local volunteer organizations, also may provide representatives.
The Cybersecurity Annex has been distributed statewide to help encourage cybersecurity preparedness and unity of effort.

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