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IS-139 Exercise Design


This FEMA Independent Study Program course, IS-139, is designed to introduce you to the fundamentals of exercise design and to prepare you to design and conduct a small functional exercise for your organization. It addresses: The value of conducting exercises. The components of a comprehensive exercise program. The exercise development process ¾ development tasks, organization of the design team, exercise documentation, and the steps in designing an exercise.

This course will cover the purpose, characteristics, and requirements of three main types of exercises: Tabletop exercise Functional exercise Full-scale exercise In addition this course will cover: Exercise evaluation. Exercise enhancements. Designing a functional exercise.

Evidence of exercises are required to receive Project Public Health Ready recognition. 


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Keyword Area:

After Action Reports, All-Hazards, Project Public Health Ready


Institutional Author:

Department of Homeland Security





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