MU Exercise and Evaluation Program
Exercises are an intricate part of any emergency management program and Homeland Security initiative. With this in mind, MU Fire and Rescue Training Institute expanded its traditional firefighting mission to include the MU Exercise and Evaluation Program (MUEEP) to its offerings in January, 2004.
The MUEEP program is very flexible in its ability to assist local and state governments, volunteer organizations, and businesses develop exercise programs and simulation exercises that test emergency plans and procedures. The projects are specifically designed for the organizations and are based on the needs assessment of the organizations involved. In preparation for the exercises, the program can be used to identify training needs, which can be addressed prior to, or after the delivery of the exercises. The exercises also give organizations the opportunity to evaluate their emergency and operational plans and use this information to revise and enhance their capabilities.
Exercises are also a valuable component of the National Incident Management System (NIMS). NIMS provides a consistent nationwide approach for federal, state, local and tribal governments to work effectively and efficiently together to prepare for, prevent, respond to, and recover from domestic incidents, regardless of cause, size or complexity.
To ensure consistency with the exercise and evaluation guidelines provided from the United States Department of Homeland Security, all exercises are evaluated and after action reports written according to the guidelines provided through the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP). The after action reports can be used by the organizations to address strengths, weaknesses, and improvements necessary to preserve human life, property, economic vitality, and the environment.
The versatility of the program is evident by the variety of exercises that have been developed and delivered since the inception of the program. Scenarios include: Poultry disease outbreaks, pandemic influenza, anthrax, pneumonic plague, earthquakes, animal disease outbreaks, dirty bombs and tornados. These are just a few of the hazards that await our world everyday and that can be exercised in a variety of ways. Exercises come in all shapes and sizes, from problem solving tabletops to actual deployment of personnel and equipment. It can be as simple as an evacuation drill to an all community response. Again, all exercises are based on the needs of the organization and communities.