Disaster Preparedness Training

ReadyZoneHQ (RZHQ) clients are more prepared than ever thanks to our progressive training programs. Our training materials enable your organization to improve your emergency preparedness planning efforts, increase your skills and knowledge, and meet grant requirements. Our training events prepare your employees to successfully complete Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) compliant exercises and to be ready for a real-life disaster.

The Crawl, Walk, Run Approach

The Crawl, Walk, Run training approach uses a series of “Building Block” training steps that bring personnel to the desired level of proficiency. Each training iteration exposes the learner to a higher level of complexity that incorporates previously learned skills. The Crawl, Walk, Run approach includes the following types of topics:

Crawl (High level of task supervision)

  • Mission of the organization
  • A review of the concept of operations
  • Familiarization with standard operating procedures
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Familiarization/exposure to equipment and task activities

Walk (Decreased level of task supervision)

  • Review of previously learned material/lessons learned during the Crawl phase
  • Clarification of concepts/discussion
  • Increased exposure to equipment and task activities

Run (Minimal level of task supervision)

  • Review of lessons learned from the Walk phase
  • Can involve a combination of complex tasks under real-world conditions

The Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, Evaluation (ADDIE) Approach

RZHQ also uses the ADDIE approach to develop intensive training curriculums based on the needs of the organization. This approach results in rigorous training development and brings personnel to the desired level of proficiency. The ADDIE approach phases and activities include:


RZHQ clarifies the instructional objectives, reviews existing training resources (i.e., After Action Reports, processes, and procedures, etc.) to identify desired performance levels and challenges, and the learner’s existing level of knowledge and skills. Typical questions during the analysis phase include:

  • Who are the learners?
  • What do we know about the learners? (i.e., level of training, skills, experience, participation in training/real-world events, etc.)
  • What is the desired level of proficiency? (i.e., familiarization, functional, etc.)
  • What types of constraints exist? (i.e., learning, delivery locations/methods, resources, etc.)
  • What was the effect of previous learning approaches?
  • What is the timeline for project completion?


The design phase allows us to collaborate with you to identify learning objectives, assessment/evaluation instruments, exercises, content, subject matter expert analysis, lesson planning, and media selection. At the end of this phase, we reach a consensus on the training design.


During the development phase, we identify equipment needs and leverage Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to create and refine training content and integrate technology (i.e., videos, recordings, pre/post training automated tests/surveys, etc.). We then follow a rigorous Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) process which includes your ability to review, comment, and approve all content before moving forward. 


Prior to each presentation during the implementation phase, we confirm training instructors and facilitators, conduct rehearsals, confirm training times/locations, equipment, learner attendance, and registration requirements. While the training instructors present the material to the learners, training facilitators assist learners, take notes, and validate the accuracy of course during delivery.


The evaluation phase consists of several activities, subject to your discretion and approval. Immediately following the event, RZHQ conducts a hot wash with the learners and participants. During this activity, learners participate in an open discussion and identify lessons learned and best practices to enhance future plans and training events. Learners are also provided a paper or electronic survey to assess the effectiveness of the training. The final After Action Review/Improvement Plan (AAR/IP) includes the findings from both the hot wash and survey and helps the organization identify responsibilities and associated timelines.

RZHQ Meets Your Needs

Our staff have trained a wide variety of learners, from municipal first responders to senior U.S. military and civilian officials (such as the Governor of Hawaii and the Director of the American Samoa Department of Homeland Security). We have also trained learners in U.S. territories (including Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands) and many other countries, including Cambodia, Nepal, Thailand, Bangladesh, Japan, Italy, Germany, Spain, Latvia, and Cuba.

RZHQ can help your organization build, sustain, and improve your ability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.