Delaware Emergency Management Agency Statewide Exercise Support Program


December 2008 – December 2018


Thomas Nesbella, WMD Training & Exercise Planner
165 Brick Stone Landing Rd, Symrna, DE 19977
Phone: (302) 659-2353


The Olson Group, Ltd. (OGL) has supported the Delaware Emergency Management Agency’s (DEMA’s) statewide exercise program. From the inception of the contract in 2008, OGL has designed, developed, conducted, and evaluated more than 50 all-hazards Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) exercises, including tabletops, functionals and full scales. OGL has also facilitated the state’s Training and Exercise Planning Workshops.

The exercises have addressed several scenarios, including active shooter, CBRNE (specifically, terrorist use of improvised explosive and chemical devices) terrorism, building collapse and hurricanes. Two Full-Scale IED aviation exercises have been conducted for Wilmington Airport to meet FAA requirements, and another at the Port of Wilmington, testing response to a major hazardous materials event.

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