Exercise Support Program
The program provides exercise support focused on multi-agency/multi-jurisdictional discussion based and functional exercises at the county and regional levels, and for state agencies and departments. Exercise Support Program materials are designed so that they can be quickly tailored to meet specific requests.
First implemented by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2004, Golden Guardian, California’s Annual Statewide Exercise Series, has become the most comprehensive state-level exercise series program in the country. The goal of Golden Guardian if to exercise and assess emergency operations plans, policies, and procedures for all-hazards/catastrophic incidents at the local, regional, and state levels.
HSEEP Training Course
The California Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) Course for Responders is an intermediate-level training course that incorporates the HSEEP Toolkit while using the HSEEP methodology. Throughout the course, participants will learn about topics including exercise conduct, program management, design & development, evaluation, and improvement planning. The course will walk participants through the toolkit with an emphasis placed on creating a tabletop exercise (TTX).
The Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP)
CSTI uses HSEEP as the doctrinal basis for our exercise program. HSEEP is a capabilities and performance-based exercise program developed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security which provides a standardized policy, methodology, and terminology for exercise design, development, conduct, evaluation, and improvement planning. Adherence to the policy and guidance presented in the HSEEP Volumes ensures that exercise programs conform to established best practices, and helps provide unity and consistency of effort for exercises at all levels of government.