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Military quad helicopterExercises

Experience and data show that exercises are a practical, efficient, and cost-effective way for a community to prepare for disasters. Research has shown that people generally respond to an emergency in the way they have been trained. It only makes sense for Emergency Services and Public Safety personnel to exercise their plans and procedures so they are better prepared to respond to and recover from an emergency or disaster.


Local EMA Requirements

The State of Georgia requires each jurisdiction conduct a minimum of two exercises per fiscal year, host an annual Training and Exercise Planning Workshop and conduct at least one full-scale exercise every 4 years. The current exercise fiscal year reporting cycle runs from July 1 through June 30.

Actual occurrences may be used for full-scale credit; if they meet the following requirements:

  • A minimum of 3 ESFs must be activated
  • EOC activated or ICS established on scene with control of multiple agencies
  • Must be an extraordinary event
  • Must have third party documentation attached to exercise report (i.e. letter from NWS, news article, etc.)

Georgia Search and Rescue ExerciseEMPG Funded Personnel

Emergency Management Performance Grant funded staff must participate in a minimum of three exercises (of any type) per fiscal year. Each agency must maintain their own records of compliance with these requirements (exercise sign-in sheets, letters of participation, etc.).

Professional CEM Exercise Requirement

A candidate must participate in a full-scale exercise that is evaluated by the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency. Actual occurrences may not qualify for the Professional Certified Emergency Manager Program. Please contact the GEMA/HS Training Office at 478-993-4612 for questions regarding GEMA/HS Certification Programs.

For assistance with facilitating, planning or coordinating an upcoming exercise, please contact:


Tod Keys
Exercise Program Manager
Georgia Emergency Management & Homeland Security Agency 
PO Box 18055 Atlanta, GA 30316-0055
Phone: 404-635-7224 


​Russell Isabelle
State Exercise Officer 
Georgia Emergency Management & Homeland Security Agency 
PO Box 18055 Atlanta, Ga. 30316-0055
Phone: 404-635-2014