Summit Exercise and Training has considerable expertise in not only disaster preparedness and response, but also in translating that experience into the exercise and training realm. Our exercise planners will design and facilitate either no-fault/non-attribution or Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) compliant exercises.
Whether situations resulting from natural, technological, or as a result of human interaction/intervention, the professionals associates and partners of Summit are more than qualified to provide realistic and dynamic training and exercise scenarios to best prepare your personnel for the unthinkable.
More and more, exercises are the foundation upon which disaster preparedness and response is built. This is evidenced by the ever-increasing focus of regulatory agencies on exercises as well as the scrutiny of preparedness by the very same of exercises conducted by the regulated agency. Moreover, preparedness funding is often tied to exercise participation not just exercise play. Lessons learned from these very exercises and even subsequent exercises become extremely important to validate organizational involvement, preparedness, and response. Finally, the Department of Homeland Security considers exercises as “…an essential component of our national preparedness…”
Summit intelligently designs and creates exercises. This is important because oversight is constant and growing in the disaster preparedness arena. Funding, from all manner of sources, is tight. Grant management and regulator entities are looking for continual growth of personnel and programmatic development. This is best accomplished through site specific exercises and their attendant After Action Reporting. Gone are the days where cookie cutter exercises and after action reviews were acceptable. Rather, funding, accreditation, and regulatory bodies are looking for exercises that meet the needs of the organization, are linked to vulnerabilities and metrics, and challenge the status quo. Furthermore, the After Action Report and Improvement Plan (AAR-IP) articulates all facets of the exercise and clearly delineates plans for improvement moving forward. This is where intelligent exercise design is key and beneficially set your program and organization apart.
Our professionals, associates, and partners have harnessed their years of “in the field” know-how and applied it to the design, development, facilitation and control as well as evaluation of all manner of exercises. Engaging Summit means bringing professionals to the table that have “been there and done that.” It also means we understand the regulatory compliance issues you face and are comfortable in complying with all they require. Our exercise design doesn’t begin with exercise construction. Rather, we take a comprehensive and holistic look at your program and tailor our training and exercise to meet your needs, in light of the hazards and vulnerabilities your organization faces.
We very well understand the importance and relevance of HSEEP and apply it in all areas. Core capabilities and mitigative practices are always considered in design as well as the other exercise evaluation areas of prevention, protection, response and recovery. Yet, to truly ensure the exercise and/or training is effective, long lasting and validates specific plans or procedures; a thorough AAR-IP is needed. Summit will work with your organization to ensure the AAR-IP is constructively written and delivered. Specific disaster preparedness training can also be facilitated/provided as a result of the improvement plan.
Areas in which Summit has an extensive disaster preparedness and response background are:
- Severe Weather/Tornado
- Wild Fire
- Blizzard/Ice Storms
- Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosive (CBRNE)
- Violent & Malicious Acts
- Mass Casualty
- Acts of Terrorism on Land or Sea
- Labor Actions and Stoppages
- Force and Installation Protection
- Dignitary Protection
- Structural Damage
- Information System Breech or Failure – Continuity of Operations
- Utility/Power Plant Failure
- Protective/Sensitive Information Breech
- Supply Shortage – 96 Hour Standalone Capability
Areas in which Summit has provided exercise and training services:
- Emergency Management
- Non-Governmental Organizations
- Private Industry
- Public Safety
- Law Enforcement
- Fire Service
- Emergency Medical Service
- Hazardous Materials
- Structural Collapse – Urban Search & Rescue
- Tactical Response
- Bomb Response
- Communications Interoperability