NJOHSP's Exercise Support Unit, which is within the Infrastructure Protection and Training Bureau, enables a coordinated, statewide effort to increase first responder effectiveness, reduce costs, and best serve the public.
The Exercise Support Unit's strategy is centered on three core objectives:
- Centralized coordination of exercise activities throughout New Jersey
- Dissemination of exercise analytics and lessons learned
- Grant support for eligible and approved exercises
The Exercise Support Unit:
- Develops State Level exercises and participates in the design of National Level exercises with our Master Exercise planners and experienced practitioners.
- Designs scenarios emphasizing counter-terrorism, cybersecurity, homeland defense, natural and man-made disasters, resiliency preparedness, and active shooter.
- Tracks and coordinates exercises and disaster preparedness statewide. Provides subject matter experts to assist with the planning, design and evaluation of regional and community exercises.
- Has experienced Continuity of Operations and Continuity of Government exercise specialists.
- Utilizes DHS Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation (HSEEP) guidelines for exercise design, development, conduct, evaluation and post exercise improvement planning.
- Develops DHS HSEEP approved exercises to identify gaps in resources and training to develop capabilities for the investment justification for successful grant applications.
- Develops public and private partnerships through its outreach program to build resiliency into each community.
Stakeholders wishing to request support and assistance from the Exercise Support Unit, including the use of a preferred vendor, should contact the Exercise Support Unit via the form below:
The Exercise Support Unit also manages and tracks all exercise activity using the Master Exercise and Training Information System, otherwise known as "METIS." METIS is a free, web-based platform accessible to any stakeholder with exercise responsibilities. Currently, the states of New Jersey and New York utilize METIS as their official exercise management program.