KDEM Trng: "(KS-132) Kansas Exercise Design Course for Discussion-Based Exercises
 Course ID: 1068225
 Format: On-Site - Classroom course or workshop (Live Event)
 Clinical / Non-Clinical: Non Clinical
 Course Number: KS-132
 Cost (US$): 0.00
 Credit Type(s): none
 Certificate: 2017 KDEM Training Certificate
Course Description: KS-132 - Kansas Exercise Design for Discussion Based Exercises

Discussion-based exercises are the starting point of the building-block approach of escalating exercise complexity. These types of exercises typically highlight existing plans, policies, and procedures, and are valuable tools in familiarizing personnel with current or expected capabilities of an entity. Discussion-based exercises – including seminars, workshops, tabletops, and games – typically focus on strategic, policy-oriented issues.

This course builds upon the foundations introduced to the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) Training Course by giving participants hands-on application of the design and development of discussion-based exercises. The course includes a variety of instructional strategies, including classroom lecture, exercise design workshops, and demonstration of a group project. The course will challenge participants to work effectively in teams, using the HSEEP tools and templates, to design, conduct, and evaluate tabletop exercises (TTX).   


  • Overview of Discussion-Based Exercises
  • Develop and Conduct a Seminar
  • Overview of Tabletop Exercises & Case Studies
  • Tabletop Exercise Design and Development
  • Evaluation Development

Target Audience

The target audience includes local and state officials who are responsible for the design and development of exercises and/or the management of emergency preparedness exercise programs. 


  • IS-100 Introduction to ICS
  • IS-200 ICS for Single Resource and Initial Incident Actions
  • IS-700 Introduction to NIMS
  • IS-800 National Response Framework, An Introduction
  • IS-120 Introduction to Exercises
  • IS-775 EOC Management and Operations
  • Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) Training Course
  • Recommended, but not required: IS-315 CERT Supplemental Training: The Incident Command System

All Independent Study Courses (IS) are available free online at http://training.fema.gov/IS/crslist.asp

For most sessions, KDEM will set up lodging arrangements to be direct billed to us. Please look under the Registration Tab and then click on the Details Button for your session to be sure that lodging is available for the session you need to attend.

These rooms will be available for Kansas residents traveling 50 miles or more to attend this training. Arrangements for lodging cannot be provided if participant is using Federal preparedness grant funds for this training. Residents outside of Kansas and private contractors are not eligible for direct-bill lodging provided by KDEM.

Reimbursements for a stay at a different hotel will not be honored without previous authorization from KDEM Training Office staff. Lodging arrangements are only provided through this office.

If you need special accommodations in order to fully participate in any training activity, please contact the State Training Officer, Erin McGinnis, at (785) 646-1413 or erin.m.mcginnis2.nfg@mail.mil , to discuss your specific needs.

Subject Area(s):
Emergency Management
Educators / Trainers
Policy / Planner
Emergency Responders / Receivers
Emergency Management
Administrative Support Staff
Administrators / Directors / Managers
General / Field / Frontline Staff
Government / Community Leader
Course Language(s):
Course Level: Intermediate
Registration Required Outside of TRAIN: no
Registration Restrictions:
Sponsor: Kansas Division of Emergency Management - 2017
Accreditations: none
Special Notes: 2017
Course Contacts
Name: Greg Myer
Phone: 785-646-3023
email: Greg.S.Myer.nfg@mail.mil
Name: Isabel Herrera
Phone: 785-274-1412
email: maria.i.herrera13.nfg@mail.mil
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