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The Cuyahoga County Office of Emergency Management conducts a comprehensive program of exercises for first responders and emergency support agencies across the county and region.

We use a building block approach to design and conduct exercises to measure our emergency management capabilities: from seminars, workshops, tabletop exercises, drills, functional exercises, to full-scale exercises.

  • Seminars are overviews that familiarize participants with the details of our various emergency plans and their specific roles in executing those plans. 
  • Workshops are a type of seminar that is intended to develop a specific outcome or product. 
  • Tabletop Exercises are facilitated discussions of emergency situations. Participants describe in detail their responses to the situation presented in the exercise scenario. 
  • Drills are coordinated, supervised exercise activities that test a single specific operation or capability. 
  • Functional Exercises are fully-simulated interactive exercises that test the capability of an organization to respond to a simulated incident. 
  • Full-Scale Exercises evaluate the operational capabilities of emergency management systems of operational plans by simulating real-world activities as closely as possible, including the mobilization and response of emergency personnel, equipment, and resources. 
Details of our exercise plan are contained in the Multi-Year Training and Exercise Plan (MYTEP). Click here to our MYTEP.