Washington State Emergency Management Division

*Canceled*PER-294 Testing an Emergency Operations Plan in a Rural Emergency Operations Center

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Course Description

This eight-hour performance-level course has been designed with a proactive approach to testing rural and tribal communities Emergency Operations Plans (EOP) in an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) environment. The course provides relevant and valuable training to elected officials, EOC personnel, tribal government personnel, and rural community leaders. Participants are provided with opportunities to exchange perceptions and best practices while interacting with participants from responder organizations, public/private sector organizations, as well as other EOC personnel.

Course Objectives
  • Articulate the value of exercising an EOP.
  • List rural planning and testing challenges.
  • Describe the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) and state how this course aligns with it.
  • Define capabilities-based planning and its relevance to designing and developing effective exercises.
  • List the aspects of EOC staffing and organization that need to be tested;
  • Understand the importance of an EOC¿s primary roles in relation to testing and responding to an incident;
  • Discuss EOC staffing models and aspects of the model that can be tested;
  • Identify EOC equipment that needs to be tested for functionality and staff proficiency;
  • Restate the importance of testing communications equipment for interoperability and redundancy;
  • State the importance of testing procedures for activating and de-activating EOCs.
  • List seven exercise types that can be used to test an EOP.
  • Describe seven exercise types on the basis of purpose, type of player action, duration, real-time play, and scope.
  • Compare and contrast operations- and discussion-based exercises.
  • Describe the steps involved in designing, developing, and evaluating an exercise.
  • Determine an optimal design and scope for an exercise using a pre-created worksheet.
  • Develop an exercise to include objectives, a narrative, a list of detailed events, messages, and a list of expected outcomes using a pre-created worksheet.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of an exercise using specific criteria/checklist,.
  • Demonstrate problem-solving techniques, coordinate resources, and employ EOC operating procedures during EOC response to a simulated emergency.
  • Use a checklist to ascertain the comprehensiveness of an EOP.
  • Conduct/participate in an internal Hot Wash as a means of self-evaluation.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of an EOP by comparing actions taken and resources employed during the scenario to those anticipated in the EOP.



Must be US Citizen!

  • IS-100: Introduction to the Incident Command System (ICS) [Any Version]
  • IS-200: ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents [Any Version]
  • IS 700: National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction
  • IS 701: NIMS Multiagency Coordination System
  • IS 800: National Response Framework, An Introduction


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Target Audience
  • Emergency Management
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Fire Service
  • Governmental Administrative
  • Law Enforcement
  • Health Care
  • Public Health
  • Public Safety Communications
  • Public Works

Continuing Education
Contact: Hours - 8


Skagit County DEM
2911 E. College Way
Mt. Vernon, WA 98273
Click here for directions

Course Manager

Course Host

Vickie Fontaine


Phone: (360) 416-1860


Course Manager

Damaris Deschner Li


Phone: (253) 512-7049


This class is canceled!