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Public Health Emergency Exercise Toolkit


This HSEEP-consistent public health emergency exercise toolkit is a guide for local health department staff who develop, implement and evaluate emergency drills and exercises.  It is also useful when facilitating public health aspects of multi-agency emergency exercises.

Toolkit Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Exercise Planning and Principles in Public Health
  • Exercise Cycle and Organization
  • Types of Exercises The Exercise Planning Process
  • Scenario Development Steps
  • Developing an Evaluation Plan
  • Developing Exercise Briefing
  • Materials
  • Conducting the Exercise
  • Moving from Observation to Evaluation
  • References and Resources
  • Appendices

Primary Toolkit:

EQUIPh Toolkit

Secondary Toolkits:

PPHR Toolkit

Keyword Area:

After Action Reports, All-Hazards


Institutional Author:

The Center for Health Policy at Columbia University School of Nursing





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