Helms School of Government
Master of Public Administration (MPA)
Emergency Management, Emergency Exercise, HSEEP, Disaster Response
Emergency and Disaster Management | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration
Hockett, Tanya Jean, "Determining the Impacts of Exercise Participation on Disaster Response" (2020). Masters Theses. 675.
There are many opinions surrounding the importance and effectiveness of emergency exercises and their influence on the response phase of emergency management. Understanding how exercises affect emergency response operations can help training and exercise programs enhance the structure and implementation of meaningful, strategic exercises. However, there is limited research available to validate this. This qualitative study analyzed the responses of 106 survey participants and found that exercise participation positively impacted the ability of individuals to respond to incidents and disasters. By analyzing and categorizing a series of open-ended responses, it was determined that the most important benefit of exercise participation centered around building internal and external relationships, understanding plans, and enhancing communications.