FEMA IS 139.A Exercise Design and Development Answer Key

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The study guide to the independent study course Exercise Design and Development, contains the correct FEMA IS 139 Answers. You might also want to check out our study guide to IS 120.C An Introduction to exercises.

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Course Overview

Through the use of this course, exercise program managers can learn to develop, execute, and evaluate exercises that address the priorities established by an organization’s leaders. These priorities are based on the National Preparedness Goal, strategy documents, threat and hazard identification/risk assessment processes, capability assessments, and the results from previous exercises and real-world events. These priorities guide the overall direction of a progressive exercise program, where individual exercises are anchored to a common set of priorities or objectives and build toward an increasing level of complexity over time

Course Objectives:

  • Identify the basic components of an exercise program
  • Identify the types of exercises as defined by HSEEP
  • Develop exercise objectives using SMART guidelines
  • Define the components of MSEL development
  • Describe the audience and purpose of the key exercise design and development documents

Primary Audience

Emergency management and homeland security professionals who require knowledge in exercise design.



From IS 139.A Exercise Design and Development Official Course


Which consideration will help stimulate creativity with exercise development?
A. Select candidates who all have at least 5 years’ experience designing exercises.
B. Select candidates with similar backgrounds and expertise.
C. Make sure all members have worked at some point for each key organization.
D. Ensure candidates come from various backgrounds.

What part, comprised of the detailed elements of a prevention exercise scenario, must remain consistent during exercise development and conduct to ensure that realism is maintained?
A. Risk assessment data
B. Master Scenario Events List (MSEL)
C. Multi-year Training and Exercise Plan (TEP)
D. Ground Truth

Which item(s) do designers face when planning exercises?
A. Materials, People, Equipment
B. Time, Budget, Scope
C. Prop Fees, Liabilities and Risks
D. All of the Above

An Exercise Scenario is an outline or model of the simulated events can be written as:
A. Documents for submittal under the NDOA v.02 guidelines.
B. a narrative or depicted by an event timeline
C. a set of solutions for participants.
D. as codes for procedures outlined for reference.

Which item is an example of communication enhancements?
A. Bullhorn
B. Internet radio
C. Monitors/Scanners
D. None of the Above

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