All Hazard IMT Exercises
During a complex incident lasting multiple operational periods and requiring an
Incident Action Plan an All-Hazard Incident Management IMT (IMT) should be activated
to manage the incident. The success of these IMTs is directly dependent upon their
training and ability to work together. IMT cohesion is critical for effective coordination
and decision-making under high-stress and dynamic situations.
OQA has developed a series of all-hazard exercises for the Command and General
Staff of an All-Hazard Incident Management Team. These exercises are Homeland
Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) compliant and designed to train a designated IMT from multi-agency personnel of cities, counties, and regions. The exercise takes a full day to complete and can base from human-caused disasters, a natural disaster or a special event, to focus the IMT’s skills necessary to operate in the various Command and General Staff positions to promote a better understanding of IMT dynamics and operations.
The Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program is a capabilities and performance-based exercise program that provides a standardized methodology and terminology for exercise design, development, conduct, evaluation, and improvement planning. Each exercise begins with an Agency Administrator briefing, including a Delegation of Authority, followed by an Initial Action Incident Commander Briefing complete with an Incident Briefing.
There are several products the IMT must produce - an Incident Action Plan, a media release, and an Incident Status Summary. The IMT also receives various inputs requiring action on the part of one or more of the Command and General Staff or by the entire IMT.
Each IMT has a coach-evaluator advantage immersement learning experience. At the conclusion of the exercise, the IMT conducts a self-evaluation of their performance. This is followed by the evaluator conducting a IMT evaluation and individual evaluations for each of the Command and General Staff positions.
These scenarios have been used by several All-Hazard Incident Management IMTs to improve decision making, enhance IMTwork and develop leadership skills.
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