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Guidelines for Transportation Emergency Training Exercises Improvement A sample AAR is available in HSEEP Volume II at http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/odp/docs/HSEEPv2.pdf. planning ensures Templates and checklists, integrated with exercise evaluation plans, are located on the G&T's Secure that identified Portal and described in HSEEP Volume IV, which is available at http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/odp/docs/ weaknesses in the HSEEPv4.pdf. response are adequately Other AAR resources for operations-based exercises are available at the following websites: addressed and resolved through http://www.dhs.gov/interweb/assetlibrary/T2_Report_Final_Public.doc. corrective action by the http://www.tahc.state.tx.us/emergency/exercises/Panhandle_Exercise_Report.pdf. transportation agency. IMPROVEMENT PLANNING Postexercise activities are essential to garnering the benefits of an exercise. Careful analysis and pri- oritization should go into developing the AAR recommendations and the improvement plan content. IMPROVEMENT PLAN The improvement plan converts lessons learned from the exercise into concrete, measurable steps that result in improved response capabilities. It is developed by the jurisdiction and identifies which actions will be taken to address each recommendation presented in the draft AAR, which agency will be responsible for taking the action, and what the timeline for completion is. This information should be derived from an after action conference conducted after the draft AAR is completed. IMPROVEMENT TRACKING AND PLANNING Once the improvement plan has identified recommendations and action items and responsibility and due dates have been assigned, the jurisdiction and/or agency should ensure that each action item is tracked to completion. Each state should review all exercise evaluation feedback and resulting improvement plans to assess progress on enhancing preparedness and incorporate the information into its planning process. This review process may identify needs for additional equipment, training, exercises, coordination, plans, and procedures that can be addressed through the state homeland security strategy or multiyear exercise plan. The G&T Secure Portal contains samples of improvement plans for tabletop exercises. HSEEP Vol- ume IV provides a description of these materials and is available at http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ odp/docs/HSEEPv4.pdf. FEMA also provides templates. They are available at http://training.fema. gov/emiweb/downloads/CorrectiveActionform.doc. TRANSPORTATION INCIDENT RESPONSE TYPOLOGY To support the activities of transportation agencies in preparing operations-based exercises, Attach- ment 6 provides additional information on transportation emergency response activities and possible emergency response organizations. This information can aid transportation exercise coordinators in developing scenarios and in designing evaluation measures for exercises. 61