Upcoming OFEB-Sponsored Exercises and Emergency Management Events

Peruse upcoming emergency preparedness events below, or see the archive of past events.

Partner Events

FEMA Virtual Tabletop Exercise Program Background

(2020 Oregon FEB-hosted VTTX Schedule will be released in Dec. There are no more VTTXs scheduled for 2019)

Emergency managers, COOP coordinators, incident management team leaders and participants, and anyone with an interest in crisis continuity and emergency management for the federal, state, & local communities in Portland & SW Washington is invited to join the local OFEB-hosted cyber virtual tabletop exercises offered through the FEMA Emergency Management Institute (EMI)-led virtual program, with 10-15 additional sites around the country.

EMI conducts a series of VTTX using a video teleconference (VTC) platform to reach community based training audiences around the country and provide a virtual forum for disaster training. The VTTX process involves key personnel from the emergency management community of practice reviewing a prepackaged set of exercise materials, then convening for a four-hour tabletop exercise discussion of a simulated disaster scenario with a total of 10-15 individual sites. The event allows the connected sites to assess current plans, policies, and procedures while learning from the other connected sites, as they provide their perspective and practice while exercising a similar situation. There is no cost for this program.

How do I obtain my FEMA Student Identification (SID) number?

(Note: this is for FEMA credit only. Participants also need to register for the exercise, which is linked in the event).

Step 1: To register, go to https://cdp.dhs.gov/femasid
Step 2: Click on the “Need a FEMA SID” box on the right side of the screen.
Step 3: Follow the instructions and provide the necessary information to create your account. Step 4: You will receive an email with your SID number. You should save this number in a secure location. The SID number must be used in place of the SSN on your General Admissions Application (FEMA Form 119-25-1, Box 3)
Exercise Goals: All National Exercise Program training events must support one or more of the Principal Objectives.

Principal Objectives

The Principal Objectives are high-level strategic goals based on national preparedness priorities across the homeland security enterprise. The seven Principal Objectives for 2018-2019 are:

1. Intelligence and Information Sharing: Examine and validate core capabilities and processes to rapidly exchange and analyze appropriate classified and unclassified information among Federal, State, local, tribal, territorial, private sector and international partners prior to and during an incident that threatens the security of the nation.

2. Non-Stafford Act Incidents: Examine the ability of departments and agencies to prepare for, respond to, and recover from incidents where a Stafford Act declaration is not likely, by identifying and validating appropriate authorities, roles, responsibilities, resources, and organizational and operational structures.

3. Complex Terrorist Attacks: Examine the ability of Federal, State, local, tribal, and territorial jurisdictions to respond to complex terrorist attacks with a focus on integrated response planning among law enforcement, medical services, emergency management, and other whole community stakeholders.

4. Cyber Coordination: Examine the implementation of national policy, frameworks, and guidance for whole community stakeholders on relevant authorities, plans, procedures, and available resources for cyber incident coordination.

5. Recovery Coordination: Demonstrate the ability of the whole community, especially State, territorial, tribal, and local governments, to perform effective recovery coordination and planning in parallel with response operations to achieve long-term community recovery objectives. No. 1429 Page 2 Wednesday, August 1, 2018

6. Infectious Disease and Biological Incidents: Examine the ability of Federal, State, local, tribal, and territorial jurisdictions to respond to infectious disease pandemics and biological incidents.

7. Catastrophic Incidents: Examine the ability of the whole community to deliver life-saving and life-sustaining capabilities to survivors following a catastrophic incident that severely affects communities and critical infrastructure