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Guidelines for Transportation Emergency Training Exercises 3.0 ESTABLISHING A PROGRESSIVE EXERCISE PROGRAM IN THE TRANSPORTATION ENVIRONMENT To establish a progressive exercise program, the transportation exercise coordinator should first review the agency's existing exercise program to determine if it is sufficiently organized and if it can be adapted to effectively meet the demands of the changing preparedness environment. Figure 5 shows the requirements that should be addressed to establish a progressive exercise program for a transportation agency. This figure shows the emphasis placed on management, support, admin- istration, delivery, and quality assurance. A progressive exercise program requires activity MANAGEMENT to ensure management, support, Analysis administration, delivery and quality assurance. Implementation Design DELIVERY Evaluation SUPPORT Development ADMINISTRATION FIGURE 5 OBJECTIVES OF TRANSPORTATION PROGRESSIVE EXERCISE PROGRAM Management refers to the organizational structure established to coordinate and run the progres- sive exercise program. This includes the identification of dedicated staff, consultants, and commit- tees or task forces with members from other participating agencies to organize and conduct the program. Key management activities involve · Establishing an internal organization to develop and manage the program, including exercise planning and evaluation teams for scheduled exercises; · Identifying external agency partners and establishing supporting task forces or committees; · Identifying roles and responsibilities (e.g. hiring full-time or part-time staff or consultants) for exercise development, implementation, evaluation, and overall program management; · Establishing an annual and 3-year exercise schedule and budget; · Conducting a needs assessment and review of existing emergency plans, procedures, poli- cies, job aids, and training and identifying targeted areas of focus for the exercise program; 20