OUR PHILOSOPHY OF TRAINING AND EXERCISES
Coordinated Consulting Services (CCS) believes that the best way to keep our communities strong and resilient is by conducting training on plans and procedures and incorporating regular emergency drills and disaster preparedness exercises into the organization’s preparedness program. Once an emergency plan or procedure is developed, CCS will train your internal staff, leadership, and external partners on plan contents, particularly any potential changes to their roles and responsibilities. The CCS approach to disaster preparedness training and exercises focuses on interagency collaboration, strengthening partnerships, and establishing common goals and objectives for exercise success.
KEY COMPONENTS OF TRAINING AND EXERCISES
Training and exercises are a vital part of the continuous loop of the Preparedness Cycle. As the next step along the Preparedness Cycle, training leads directly into testing plans through conducting exercises. Preparedness exercises encompass many types of activities from training, discussion-based exercises (workshops and tabletop exercises), fire drills, simulations, and up to National Level Exercises (NLEs). The Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) provides a common methodology for all types of organizations to follow when developing, conducting, and evaluating preparedness training and exercises. Across the nation, HSEEP concepts are used by emergency management, law enforcement, fire departments, emergency medical services, public health, healthcare organizations, healthcare coalitions, and a wide variety of other private and public sector partners.
TRAINING AND EXERCISE SERVICES
CCS can conduct trainings on-site at your organization as well as in the virtual space. Our services are flexible: we can conduct trainings during staff meetings or more formalized training, customized to your organization’s needs. We can utilize plenary and breakout group discussions with visual presentation materials. CCS will also conduct detailed Q&A with training participants, asking open-ended questions to assess understanding of the material. We provide expert facilitation and training material development including engaging the audience through interactive participation.
In order to develop and implement exercises, CCS uses the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) guidelines to create disaster preparedness solutions for clients across the U.S. These services include tabletop exercises, functional exercises, full-scale exercises (FSEs), workshops, management of exercise teams, after-action reports, improvement planning, and corrective action work plans. CCS staff have developed exercise materials for a wide variety of scenarios including business continuity and continuity of operations, community recovery, hospital and healthcare medical surge, mass care and sheltering, mass fatality, crisis standards of care, regional healthcare coalitions, earthquakes, pandemic influenza, infectious disease outbreaks, severe weather, and power outages.
Lastly, CCS recognizes the incredible impact COVID-19 has had on almost every industry and sector. CCS can help your organization train and test new or updated plans and procedures developed in response to COVID-19, including developing an after-action report, improvement plan, corrective actions, and an improvement plan.