FEMA Webinar 10/6 and Accepting Nominations for the National Exercise Program

October 2, 2020

FEMA's (Federal Emergency Management Agency) National Exercise Division is now accepting nominations to the National Exercise Program (NEP). Fall nomination round submissions are due by Nov.1 and decisions will be sent by Dec. 1. The NEP will hold additional exercise nomination rounds in spring and fall of 2021.


FEMA Webinar on Tuesday, October 6 at 2 pm ET

FEMA is hosting a 60-minute webinar for state, local, tribal, territorial and other whole community partners to discuss the National Exercise Program (NEP) nomination process. The webinar topics will also include the support that NEP can provide for conducting exercises in a COVID-19 environment and the proposed 2021-2022 Principals’ Strategic Priorities.

To participate in the webinar:

FEMA Teleconference: 1-800-320-4330, PIN 559550#

View the presentation on FEMA Adobe Connect.  

For questions, send an email to the National Exercise Division at NEP@fema.dhs.gov.


About FEMA's National Exercise Program

The National Exercise Program (NEP) is a two-year cycle of exercises across the nation that examine and validate capabilities in all preparedness mission areas. FEMA's National Exercise Division administers the NEP on behalf of the federal government, facilitating the design, coordination, conduct, evaluation and analysis of NEP exercises.

State, local, tribal, territorial and other whole community partners can receive technical assistance and support for exercises at no cost from experienced exercise specialists in the National Exercise Division. Support could include assistance with exercise design, scenario development, planning, conduct, and evaluation in the form of subject-matter expertise, material production, or facilitation for selected exercises.

Exercises are selected for the NEP based on their alignment to the Principals’ Strategic Priorities for each two-year cycle set by the National Security Council and resource availability. Exercises in the NEP contribute evaluation data to the National Preparedness System to provide a clearer picture of the nation's readiness, such as through the National Preparedness Report.

As a culmination of each NEP cycle, the National Exercise Division leads a biennial National Level Exercise that builds off of exercises and other preparedness activities conducted during the cycle.

The NEP accepts nominations for exercise support twice a year. The next submission deadline is November 1, 2020. To submit a nomination to the NEP:

  1. Download and Complete the Exercise Nomination Form  – The NEP Exercise Nomination Form is an Adobe PDF file that can be saved and revised by sponsoring organizations as needed until ready to submit. Exercise sponsors should also coordinate their nomination with the appropriate FEMA Regional Exercise Officer.
  2. Submit the Exercise Nomination Form – All completed exercise nomination forms must be emailed to nep@fema.dhs.gov. Please include “National Exercise Program Exercise Nomination” in the email subject line.

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