Training and Exercise Program
Jim Smith, Training and Exercise Coordinator
The purpose of the Wyoming Department of Health Public Health Emergency Preparedness Training and Exercise Program is to provide program policy and guidance that is consistent with the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) and the National Incident Management System (NIMS).
Public Health Emergency Preparedness Unit (PHEP) and Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) identifies, develops, coordinates, and implements key public health and medical emergency preparedness and response training and exercise activities in order to better prepare Wyoming for a public health threat or emergency.
Public Health Emergency Preparedness Unit maintains a Multi - Year Training and Exercise Plan which follows Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) doctrine. This plan provides a roadmap for Wyoming state, local, and tribal public health agencies and the healthcare community to follow in order to accomplish the training and exercise priorities described in the Department of Health baseline Training Needs Assessment, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP), Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Cooperative Agreement, Public Health Preparedness Capabilities, and Healthcare Preparedness Capabilities.
Knowledge, skills, and abilities acquired through education and training, including NIMS training, will be incorporated into exercises identified in the Multi-Year Training & Exercise Calendar. Training needs will be identified through Training Needs Assessment, Jurisdictional Risk Assessment (JRA), Public Health Preparedness Capabilities, Healthcare Preparedness Capabilities, Strategic Plan, drills and exercises.
The Wyoming Department of Health subscribes to Public Health Foundation’s Learning Management System TRAIN which provides access to thousands of online training opportunities. The Wyoming component of this is WY TRAIN which may be utilized by state, local, tribal partners, and volunteers. The system may be used to post online training opportunities, which can be taken at anytime through WY TRAIN. These online opportunities reduce the burden on staff and provide cost saving measures for travel and other expenditures.
Other training resources and opportunities:
Wyoming Office of Homeland Security
Emergency Management Institute (EMI)
Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP)
Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service
Northwest Center for Public Health Practice (NWCPHP)
Mountain West Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center (MWPERLC)
Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Centers (PERLC)