Southeastern Idaho Public Health

Training and Exercise

Training and Education

Training and education are critical elements of Southeastern Idaho Public Health’s preparedness efforts. The Public Health Preparedness program coordinates preparedness training and education for district staff as well as community partners to better prepare them to respond to public health emergencies.

Training often centers on the Incident Command System (ICS) and National Incident Management System (NIMS), a tool used nationwide across the spectrum of emergency response, to facilitate integration with other emergency responders. Training is provided by a variety of agencies, including those within public health, the Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security, Idaho State University, and other community partners. Training is also provided through federal partners, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO), among others.

For any questions related to training, please contact Jeni Busick, Training and Exercise Coordinator, 208-239-5295 or .


All Southeastern Idaho Public Health exercises are tied to the mission of the District. All exercises are planned, conducted, and evaluated through the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP).

SIPH follows the preparedness cycle, pictured below, in its training and exercise planning process. Training and exercising are closely related, and training needs are often identified through the conduct of exercises and the evaluation process. Exercise scenarios are selected based on identified gaps, subgrant requirements, or other pre-recognized priorities.

For more information on any previous or upcoming exercises, please contact Ryan Richardson, Training & Exercise Coordinator, at 208-239-5216 or .

For more information on any previous or upcoming exercises, please contact Paige Ellis, Planner, at 208-478-6315 or .


Many valuable resources are available online to help you, your family, and your community become better prepared for all types of emergencies. Follow any of the below links to find a variety of preparedness information and training materials.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Federal Emergency Management Agency Independent Study
Northwest Center for Public Health Practice
Idaho Prepares

It is never too late to start preparing, and being informed is a great first step.