- Development for emergency planning exercise concept
- Table top and functional exercises
- Training in disaster response, evacuation, and recovery planning
- Training for “National Incident Management System” and “Incident Command System”
- Develop emergency exercise evaluation guidelines
- After Action reports and improvement plans
From concept development to facilitating and conducting discussion- and operations-based Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program compliant exercises and development of after action reports, URS has supported more than 340 exercises for federal, states and local clients under the Department of Homeland Security‘s National Exercise Program.
Specific programs include:
The Direct Support Exercise Program
URS provides technical expertise to coordinate, design, and implement discussion- and operations-based exercises and training for federal, state and local agencies requesting support from DHS/FEMA. A representative exercise was Cascadia Peril 2009, which simulated a catastrophic subduction zone earthquake off the Oregon Coast followed by a tsunami. URS conducted a series of response and recovery exercises within multiple jurisdictions throughout western Oregon. The full-scale exercise involved more than 8,000 participants in 29 functional areas. It included five Federal agencies, 13 Oregon state agencies, 21 counties (each with numerous cities participating), 13 hospital/medical organizations, and seven volunteer agencies.
U.S. Government Cabinet Level Exercises
URS has supported the design, development and execution of 16 executive-level tabletop exercises for the Department of Homeland Security and the White House National Security Staff. These exercises highlight key policy issues for Cabinet-level participant discussion and subsequent resolution. Topics covered include response to and recovery from natural disasters such as major earthquakes and hurricanes; prevention and response to terrorists attacks, including bioterrorism, radiological terrorism and nuclear terrorism; and preparedness for pandemic influenza. URS has supported the development of exercise objectives, key issues, scenarios and framing questions for each of these exercises.