Emergency Management Exercises

Exercise Cycle

Maine Emergency Management Agency's Exercise Program provides an avenue for all emergency managers and responders, specialty rescue and support personnel to experience a large complex incident. MEMA provides technical, planning and training support to State, County and Local EMA offices and response agencies. We do this in a number of ways, including telephone support, budget development and meeting facilitation. We also assist in the field in the planning, delivery and evaluation of exercises and training.

After an exercise is complete, the work continues through the After Action Review (AAR) process. We track the improvements that are made in addressing any shortfalls or deficiencies that were demonstrated during the exercise. This may include additional training, targeted drills, follow-up exercises or the revision of the plans that were tested during the exercise.

Levels of Exercise

Emergency management exercises test the ability of any town, county, state or even home or business to respond to an actual emergency. There are five levels of exercise:

  • Orientation seminar: An overview or introduction.
  • Drill: A coordinated, supervised exercise activity, normally used to test a single specific operation or function.
  • Tabletop exercise: A facilitated analysis of an emergency situation in an informal, stress-free environment.
  • Functional exercise: A fully simulated interactive exercise that tests the capability of an organization to respond to a simulated event.
  • Full-scale exercise: Simulates a real event as closely as possible.

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Upcoming Exercises

Upcoming Events
Date Name Location City
6/5/2019 Bates College Active Threat Tabletop Exercise Bates College Lewiston
6/12/2019 Rumford Falls Dam Tabletop and Functional Exercise 49 Franklin Street Rumford
7/26/2019 Maine Association of Pupil Transportation School Bus Exercise Carrabasset Valley

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Information Resources for Responders

Maine's first responders are the backbone of our State's ability to deal with any emergency. Therefore, planning, training and exercise for all hazards, hazardous materials and homeland security are closely coordinated.

Emergency Response Guidebook

  • Emergency Response Guide Mobile App
    Free mobile web app of its Emergency Response Guidebook 2012 (ERG), available from the Apple iTunes store for iPhone, and from the Google Play website for Android.
  • US DOT: Emergency Response Guidebook
    US DOT/PHMSA's Emergency Response Guidebook provides first responders with a go-to manual to help deal with hazmat accidents during the critical first 30 minutes.


Responder Reference Documents

More References

  • ChemTrec
    CHEMTREC serves as a round-the-clock resource for obtaining immediate critical response information for incidents involving hazardous materials and dangerous goods.
  • Homeland Security Digital Library (former RKB/LLIS)
    The Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL) is a project of the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security and FEMA. It incorporates much of the content of the Lessons Learned Information Sharing (LLIS) and Responder Knwledge Base (RKB) initiatives.
  • Maine Department of Labor: Safety Works!
    SafetyWorks! can help you prevent work-related injuries, illnesses, and deaths and reduce related costs. Services are free and confidential; SafetyWorks does not issue fines or citations.
  • US CDC/ATSDR: Managing Hazardous Materials Incidents
    The MHMI series is a three volume set (with a video) comprised of recommendations for on-scene (prehospital), and hospital medical management of patients exposed during a hazardous materials incident.
  • US CDC/The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
    NIOSH provides a wide variety of resources to prevent workplace illnesses and injuries
  • US Chemical Safety Board
    The CSB is an independent federal agency charged with investigating industrial chemical accidents. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the agency's board members are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate.
  • US Department of Labor: OSHA Regulation 1910.120
    This OSHA regulation covers hazardous waste operations and emergency response.
  • US DOT: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
    The mission of PMHMSA is to protect people and the environment from the risks of hazardous materials transportation.
  • US EPA: Emergency Response Program
    EPA responds to oil spills, chemical, biological, radiological releases, and large-scale national emergencies, and provides additional response assistance when state and local first responder capabilities have been exhausted or when additional support is requested.
  • US National Response Team
    The U.S. National Response Team website provides technical assistance, resources and coordination on preparedness, planning, response and recovery activities for emergencies involving hazardous substances, pollutants and contaminants, hazmat, oil, and weapons of mass destruction.

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