James Smith, Exercise Training Coordinator
Wyoming Department of Health Exercise and Evaluation Program
The Wyoming Department of Health Exercise and Evaluation Program (WDHEEP) is designed to enhance the All Hazard response capabilities. The program is also designed to support the strategic objectives of Wyoming Department of Health (WDH), Wyoming Office of Homeland Security (WOHS), Health and Human Services and the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
The goal of (WDHEEP) is to develop and implement a program to enhance the WDH’s ability to prevent and respond to all hazards. This is achieved through a fully integrated program of assistance to state and local emergency responders for specialized equipment, training, technical assistance, and exercise support.
To provide effective exercise program support and guidance, the Wyoming Department of Health and Emergency Preparedness Exercise Coordinator is developing the Department’s Exercise and Evaluation Program (WDHEEP), which will serve as a Public Health model built for implementation at the state and local public health levels.
The (WDHEEP) is based upon the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) doctrine, which is implementation of a threat - and performance-based exercise program that includes a cycle, mix, and range of exercise activities of varying degrees of complexity and interaction. Exercises will assess performance of public health tasks under specified conditions and against objectively verifiable performance standards based on proficiency, demonstration and evaluation. These will be followed by applying the results strategically and operationally. The WDH Exercise Team will develop a set of scenarios and exercise performance measures to assist state and local jurisdictions with implementing an exercise program.