Emergency management and response training has changed significantly over the last 25 years. Now, most training has been pushed over to the internet with literally thousands of trainings available online and even through apps. While distance learning has its advantages, it has been our experience that this online world of training and preparation does not translate well to real-life.
In 2017, our team responded to Hurricane Harvey in Port Arthur, Texas where we successfully created a large MASH unit in collaboration with the 143rd Infantry Regiment. There was no online course for this. There was no table top exercise that could have prepared us for the challenges we encountered. Our success was solely due to the way we train… with life-like real-time exercises you cannot stop simply because you experience a gliche or lose internet connection.
Our philosophy is that real-life real-time exercises work.
For years EGW has been offering, planning and executing real-life exercises for agencies around the country. Our secret? Keep the costs as low as possible while reaching for the most reality possible. How does it work? Contact us and start by letting us know just what you think your weaknesses may be, what you wish to implement in your responses or what your history has been in disasters or large-scale events.
Once we have started this consultation, we will visit with you about budget, time constraints, scheduling and what agencies and departments you want to participate.
We will work with you and your planning team to put together a life-like exercise unlike anything you have been through before. The details of each exercise are kept confidential and “need-to-know” so that your participants are actually responding to the “unknowns”, just like in a real scenario. Whether we use our teams or local actors, we will coordinate, bring the moulage specialists, the props and the experience.
Our target audience is anyone involved in emergency management, emergency response or homeland security activities, which actually includes most public and private organizations in your area. We find that only allowing a few departments to participate does not reflect an actual event, so we will encourage you to include everyone that you would have involved in the scenario you have chosen.
After your event, certificates of completion, participation and applicable CEU Credit Certificates are given to all participants and a formal assessment is made in writing to you to review. Often times these exercises will be filmed allowing you to look back and study the recordings with not only your participants in the future with new members that join your departments.
While we recommend online training for basic concepts, we have found that for those whose main job is responding, in-person training, life-like exercises and workshop activities are the most meaningful and is better absorbed by participants.
Not ready for the full-scale exercise yet? Workshops can be scheduled alone or as a part of your exercise or training event.
Make sure you ask us about our stand-a-lone customized in-house trainings. Many of our current trainings have been under-written in part by our corporate partners and are quite easy to schedule.
Remember, basic concepts may be successfully conveyed in an online setting, but must be followed up with some type of practice. EGW gives you the opportunity to practice in a real-world setting with all the challenges and threats of the real thing.
Are you a response solution company? We customize exercises to feature YOUR products! For years we have provided companies just like yours with the marketing materials they needed to make an impact in the marketplace while participating in real-life exercises with real responders!
Exercises can include S&R, Missing persons, fugitive searches, hazmat scenarios, vehicle accidents, active shooter events, severe weather disasters, infectious disease events, building collapses, fires, spills, floods, terror events and more.