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The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) created the Master Exercise Practitioner Program (MEPP) in 1999 as a non-resident program to recognize those individuals who have completed prescribed training and demonstrated, through hands-on application, a high degree of professionalism and capability in the arena of emergency management exercises. During the first five (5) years of the program, there were five (5) Master Exercise Practitioners (MEPs) in the United States. Those initial MEPs were: Steve Trogdon (Texas 2001), Steve Cochrane (FEMA Region VIII 2002), Robert Ballard (Michigan 2003), Darren Price (Ohio 2004), and Herbert "Bud" Marshall (US DOJ 2004). In 2004, EMI began offering this title certificate program in a resident series of courses at the National Emergency Training Center (NETC) in Emmitsburg, Maryland, to meet the needs of the post 911 emergency management exercise community and graduated the first resident series in the fall of 2004. The total number of MEPs nationwide now number in excess of 1,500. EMI has empowered these graduates to place “MEP” after their names in recognition of this accomplishment.
The MEPP mission is to improve the capabilities of emergency management exercise personnel in exercise program management and in every phase of the overall exercise process. Through the improvement of the knowledge, skills, and abilities, both the quantity and quality of exercises conducted at the local, State, tribal, trust territory and Federal levels of government can be improved. The goal of the MEPP is to increase the capabilities of MEP Candidates in mastery of the essentials of exercise program management and the overall exercise process in accordance with the policy, doctrine, practices, and tools in the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP).
For additional information in regard to the MEPP, please click here. Applications for the resident MEPP should be sent to the attention of Darren Price, MEP, Exercise Program Manager, via fax at (614) 799-3831 or via US Mail to Darren Price, MEP, Exercise Program Manager, 2855 West Dublin Granville Road, Columbus, OH 43235.
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