Trainings & Exercises
Essential to an optimally effective emergency response is system preparedness. AzCHER-Central works to prepare the health care system and its partners through multiple avenues, including information sharing, education, trainings, and exercises.
• Information sharing and education most frequently occur at General Body and sector meetings, but also through newsletters (sign up here), the website, and other forms of communication.
• Coalition-developed trainings are offered periodically throughout the year. The Training & Exercise Coordinator ascertains the needs of coalition members; develops appropriate curricula in conjunction with the leadership team; and delivers trainings at venues throughout the three-county region. These and other externally delivered trainings are posted on this website at the Events page. Examples of trainings include, but are not limited to:
– Emergency Management 101 – This course provides students with an introduction to basic Emergency Management concepts and practices, especially within the context of hospitals and other health care providers. It also provides an introduction to exercises as a means of enhancing preparedness.
– Emergency Management 201 – This course provides students with intermediate training related to Emergency Management concepts, practices, and implementation, especially within the context of hospitals and other health care providers.
– Introduction to Exercises – This course provides students with an introduction to Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) concepts and practices as well as tools and templates to implement a training and exercise program at the facility level.
• Exercises are periodically offered at all levels. Members can participate in coalition-led exercises by registering through the Events portion of this website. Types of exercises can include:
– Workshops – Exercises that involve participant discussion rather than lecture-based seminars; frequently use breakout sessions to explore parts of an issue in smaller groups
– Tabletops – Scenario-driven exercises involving in-depth discussion and slow-paced problem solving, requiring an experienced facilitator
– Drills – Supervised activities that test a specific operation or function of a single agency; can include training on new equipment, testing new procedures, practicing and maintaining skills, and preparing for more complex exercises
– Functional – Exercises involving a simulated deployment of resources and personnel, requiring rapid problem solving in a highly stressful environment
– Full-Scale – Exercises involving a scripted scenario that 1) assesses plans and procedures under crisis conditions, and 2) evaluates coordinated responses under crisis conditions; requires mobilization of units, personnel, and equipment in a stressful, realistic environment