2019 MT DES Training and Exercise Plan
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires that every state conduct an annual Multi-Year Training and Exercise Plan Workshop (TEPW). In the spring of 2019, Montana Disaster and Emergency Services (MT DES) began collecting input from partners at the Tribal, State, and local level, and incorporated quantitative and qualitative inputs into a final State Training and Exercise Plan (TEP).
The TEP is the framework for Montana to accomplish the priorities described in the State's Homeland Security Strategy. Montana has pursued a coordinated homeland security strategy that emphasizes collaboration among Federal, Tribal, State, local, and private partners to jointly plan and prepare for man-made and natural emergencies and disasters. Training and exercises play a crucial role in this strategy, providing Montana with means of attaining, practicing, validating, and improving core capabilities as described in the National Preparedness Goal (NPG).
MT DES regularly coordinates with training and exercise sponsors to address capability gaps throughout the state. The Multi-Year TEP is a living document that is based upon priorities established by the State of Montana 2018 Threat and Hazard Risk Identification and Risk Assessment – State Preparedness Report (THIRA-SPR), other assessments such as existing Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plans (PDM) and After-Actions Reviews/Improvement Plans (AAR/IPs) from exercises.
Training and exercise strategies identified in this TEP are also identified as priorities based on state and local assessments as well as discussion and feedback with local and tribal jurisdictions and state agencies.
The Montana Disaster and Emergency Services Multi-Year Training and Exercise Plan (TEP) provides overall guidance for identifying, planning, conducting, coordinating or supporting emergency preparedness training and exercises done in the State of Montana.
Montana’s training and exercise program and this TEP follows the Federal Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) guidelines. Local, county and tribal jurisdictions should follow the EMPG guidance provided by the state.
This TEP is for MT DES, but may be referenced by local and tribal jurisdictions to assist with the development of their Training and Exercise Plans. The TEP is a roadmap for Montana to accomplish the training and exercise priorities, strategic goals, and readiness objectives.
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