CSTI's Exercise Program develops, coordinates, and leads a statewide all-hazards Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) to assist California in preventing, protecting, mitigating, responding to, and recovering from man-made and natural disasters. The objectives of our exercise program are to:

  • Conduct the Governor’s annual State -Level Exercise Series
  • Continue implementation of HSEEP doctrine/methodology in California
  • Support regional exercise initiatives
  • Provide exercise support to California State Agencies
  • Remain flexible & adaptable in order to conduct functional initiative exercises to meet the emerging needs of California
  • Conduct the annual State Training & Exercise Planning Workshop and produce California Multi-Year Training & Exercise Plan
  • Provide oversight of the HSEEP toolkit for California which includes the National Exercise Schedule (NEXS), the Design and Development System (DDS), and the Corrective Action Plan System (CAPS)
  • Provide exercise expertise and support to other Cal OES divisions/activities

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.

Cal OES' State-Level Exercise Program
First implemented in 2004, Cal OES' annual state-level exercise series has become the most comprehensive preparedness exercise program in the country.  The annual exercise series is designed to assess emergency operations plans, policies, and procedures for all-hazards/catastrophip incidents at the local, regional, state, and federal 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.