Under the State Emergency Management Exercise Framework, a State exercise will be held every three years.
Aim of the State exercise is to:
"demonstrate the States ability to respond to, manage and recover from a multi hazard, multi-agency event".
Objectives to the State exercise are to:
The State Exercise 2022
At their meeting of the 10 May 2019, on advice from the SECT, the SEMC approved the hazards of Human Epidemic and Structural Fire as the themes for the State Level exercise program for the exercise cycle 2020 - 2022 to demonstrate the capabilities of Governance, Emergency Response, Resources, Community Involvement, Planning and Mitigation, Impact Assessment and Recovery.
The reasoning behind the selection of this hazard for the State exercise was because it presented as the second highest risk to the State and the Dept of Health Emergency Management Committee advised that by having human epidemic as the exercise subject it would present an excellent opportunity to test the new State Support Plan – Human Biosecurity and many other plans used for the response, management and recovery to a Human Epidemic as those plans had not been tested for several years.
Due to COVID19, the SEMC resolved at their Out of Session Meeting 7 – 23 April 2020, to put the planning for the State Exercise, currently scheduled for 2022, on hold.
The State Exercise Coordination Team will be seeking direction from the SEMC to identify and present an alternative scenario for the State Exercise following an assessment of the lessons identified during the stages of the States prevention, preparedness, response and recovery to the COVID-19 crises.