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Do FEMA’s, HSEEP’s, and Green’s progressively difficult emergency exercise training concepts ultimately lead to increased emergency preparedness?

Marc Glasser, MS, CPP, CEM, CHS-V, MCAS


FEMA’s, HSEEP’s, and Green’s Exercise Alternates emergency exercise training approach models are built on the fundamental educational principle that progressively difficult emergency exercise training leads to the most effective learning and comprehension which ultimately increases emergency preparedness. This article addresses the merits of the “progressive” education principle in general and within the context of emergency exercise training programs. This article also briefly addresses emergency exercise planning and standardization, adult learning principles, and the theory of andragogy. This article concludes with an analysis based on a synthesis of the information reviewed, assertions and academic research results. The research material utilized was evaluated and selected based on the credibility of the source and its applicability to the subject material.


emergency; exercise; training; preparedness; FEMA; Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP); Walter Green

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