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Exercise Support Team (EST)

Working to Enhance New Jersey's Preparedness

The Exercise Support Team (EST) is tasked with assisting Federal, State, County and Local government agencies and private sector agencies in developing, delivering, evaluating and reporting all exercise activities associated with the New Jersey ’s Emergency Preparedness and Response Programs.

An exercise is an active test of a region’s emergency response capabilities. It includes a fictional emergency scenario and the active participation of all agencies who would normally be called upon to respond – including police, fire, health, EMS, public works, elected officials and others.

A comprehensive exercise program begins with planning and training, continues with the exercise itself, and culminates with the evaluation and an after-action report of all activities that took place during the exercise. The after-action report includes an Improvement Action Plan that collects the lessons learned during the exercise and transforms them into corrective actions.

The Exercise Support Team is comprised of eleven members, currently five enlisted members from New Jersey State Police / New Jersey Office of Emergency Management (NJOEM) ; three from the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs; one from the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety; one from the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services; and one administrative position.

At any given moment, the EST is involved in various phases of on-going exercises throughout New Jersey. Additionally, the EST has embarked on several initiatives to guide the team’s future direction. They include:

  • Development of a Five Year Exercise Strategy. The Strategy will allow the EST to cycle through the five Domestic Security Planning Regions within all 21 counties, to conduct a comprehensive exercise program incorporating elements from the Seven National Priorities and Fifteen National Planning Scenarios, as well as the greatest possible participation of government agencies, private enterprises and response disciplines.
  • Development and implementation of a statewide Exercise Data Tracking System. The System will allow the exercising parties to electronically submit and manage their activities. It will also allow the EST and authorized government entities to monitor, collect and analyze the information in real time, and to collage exercise activities for comparative analysis. View Directive 74 (PDF)

Calendar of Large-Scale Exercise Activities across New Jersey - Coming Soon

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